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Mark Woyongo, 20 other MPs sued for absenteeism

An advocacy group Odekro has sued 21 members of Ghana’s Parliament for absenteeism.

Prominent among the gang of 21 is Foreign Affairs Minister and MP for the Awutu Senya West constituency, Hanna Tetteh, and Minister of Agriculture, Fiifi Kwetey.

The full list of sued legislators:

1. Evans Paul Aidoo (Sefwi-Wiawso) – 188 Sittings
2. Hannah Serwaah Tetteh (Awutu-Senya West) – 176 Sittings
3. Eric Opoku ( Asunafo South) – 165 Sittings
4. Akwasi Opong-Fosu (Amenfi East) – 155 Sittings
5. (Dr) Dominic Akuritinga Ayine (Bolgatanga East) – 150 Sittings
6. (Mrs) Queenstar Pokua Sawyerr,(Agona East ) – 135 Sittings
7. Joseph Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo (Kpone-Katamanso) – 132 Sittings
8. Mark Woyongo ( Navrongo Central ) – 126 Sittings
9. Clement Kofi Humado ( Anlo) – 124 Sittings
10. Maj. (Rtd) Mustapha Ahmed ( Ayawaso North) – 118 Sittings
11. Fiifi Fiavi Franklin Kwetey (Ketu South) – 110 Sittings
12. Alhaji Bashir Fuseini Alhassan (Sagnarigu) – 102 Sittings
13. James Agalga ( Builsa North) – 97 Sittings
14. Abdul-Rashid Hassan Pelpuo (Wa Central)- 94 Sittings
15. Aquinas Tawiah Quansah (Mfantseman West) – 92 Sittings
16. Ken Ohene Agyapong ( Assin Central) – 89 Sittings
17. Collins Dauda ( Asutifi South) – 89 Sittings
18. Ahmed Arthur (Okaikwei South) – 84 Sittings
19. Grace Addo ( Manso Nkwanta) – 83 Sittings
20. Joseph Boakye Adu Danquah (Abuakwa North) – 76 Sittings
21. Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye – 75 Sittings

The group had alerted the Speaker of Parliament in a letter dated December 2 2015 of the legislators’ absence.

According to it, it decided to head to court because “the Speaker of Parliament failed to acknowledge receipt of our letter and he also failed to honour our request to declare the seats of the defaulting MPs vacant. Consequently, we have instructed our lawyers to file a suit at the High Court asking the court to declare the seats of the 21 worst-offending MPs vacant.”

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