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President should have delegated officials to AU Summit and funeral

Member of Parliament (MP) for South Dayi, Rockson-Nelson Kwame Dafeamekpor, had taken a swipe at the President Nana Akufo-Addo for leaving the jurisdiction to attend African Union (AU) summit in Ethiopia and attending Hugh Ramapolo Masekela’s funeral in Johannesburg South Africa, knowing the circumstance that the Vice President is seeking medical attention in the UK. 

According to Mr. Dafeamekpor, the President Nana Akufo-Addo could have delegated either the foreign Minister or a senior government delegation to represent him knowing the current circumstances and stay back.  

The President ought not to jet off to a funeral and summit, he should have allowed his Ministers to attend AU summit or the funeral and “stay home to direct affairs”, he said in an interview.     

He further revealed that swearing the Speaker in as acting President twice in less than two weeks, the sanctity attached to the event of the Presidential oath taking has become like, “taking the lord’s prayer” he lamented. 

We in the Minority think something should be done about this, even the economic consequence of bringing 275 legislators on a Saturday, the Presidency should schedule the President's activities in a way that this would not be reduced to an everyday affair, the South Dayi legislator said. 

Mr. Dafeamekpor noted that, the framers of the constitution did not contemplate the swearing would be done frequently and noted that the state ought to be concerned about this development. 

He  added that, the solemnity attached to the taking of the oath as a President is being lost gradually in the event of the frequency of taking the oath within a week.  

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/

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