The Member of Parliament for the Suame Constituency and the majority leader in Parliament, Honorable Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has voiced his opinion about a statement made by the Dormaahene in regards to the embattled MP for Assin North, James Gyakye Quayson.
The Dormaahene, Osagyefo Agyemang Badu II, over the weekend called on the Attorney General and the president of the country to drop the charges against Gyakye.
“As a matter of urgency, I am appealing to the President of the Republic [Akufo-Addo], if he has any role to play, that trial should be aborted, and the Attorney-General should, as a matter of urgency, file a nolle Prosequi to end that particular decision” and abort the criminal case against Mr. Quayson”, he noted.
However, since Gyakye is a Ghanaian and is subject to national law, the legislator, who also serves as the minister of parliamentary affairs, claims that he must be prosecuted in a similar manner to other citizens of the nation.
Speaking in an interview on Kumasi-based Pure FM on Monday, July 3, 2023, which was monitored by 1Family Radio, Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu noted that the law should be allowed to run its due process and course.
The Dormaahene is a renowned chief and judge; thus, his remarks are remarkable. Nevertheless, I must admit that I disagree with him regarding the recommendation to dismiss Gyakye’s case.
‘’We’re talking about constitutional issues here, he continued. Is it possible that the chief would demand that the case be dropped if it involved a murder charge or any other crime?’’
“Is the revered chief implying that we should overlook legal violations? I strongly disagree. I believe he needs to speak up and give more details,” he stated.
Is it true that, as a judge, he would have denied or said something similar had the matter been before him? He queried.
“It is right that we let the legal system take its rightful course. We can inquire as to whether the State has a case or not, but we cannot abuse the process in any other way,” Mensah-Bonsu threw in.
‘’He might run for the Supreme Court because he is an appeals Court judge. When asked at vetting, questions like this may trouble him and affect his chances. I don’t agree with him,” he said.