Dr. Ken Ahorsu, an international relations expert, has warned that the government’s attempts to prosecute Assin North MP James Gyekye Quayson could devolve into pandemonium.
According to him, Ghanaians’ current economic hardships, along with grievances generated by government policies and the perceived political prosecution of a member of parliament (MP), can lead to tensions that threaten the country’s stability.
“A poisonous atmosphere is being created in the country as a result of several events such as the increase in fuel prices, registration of SIM cards, and others. Asaaseradio.com reports that Dr. Ahorsu added, “This legalistic prosecution of this MP may be something that can destabilize the country.”
As a result, he encouraged the administration to consider the country’s stability before proceeding with the prosecution of the Assin North MP.
“I would want to tell the administration and, most likely, the judiciary that while they seek their parochial interests, they must consider the country’s future and stability,” he continued.
Meanwhile, prominent legal practitioner Martin Kpebu has criticized the Attorney General’s Office for filing charges against Assin North MP James Gyakye Quayson at an inopportune time.
The Attorney General’s allegations against the member of parliament (MP) were plainly intended to give the majority caucus in parliament an upper hand in the passing of the E-Levy bill, according to the renowned lawyer.
“It (the timing of the accusations) casts a shade, a mist over our democratic process.” Because it is evident that there is a squabble in parliament over the E-Levy at this time, you don’t expect such machinations, therefore the timing is horribly awful, really bad. “It restores our democracy,” he remarked.
The state has charged James Gyakye Quayson, Member of Parliament for Assin North Constituency in the Central Region, with perjury, deception of a public authority, and fabrication of a travel document, among other things.
The charge sheet filed with the registrar of the High Court preferred five counts against the MP, including “deceit of a public officer” in violation of section 251(b) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29), “forgery of a passport or travel certificate” in violation of section 15(1)(b) of the Passports and Travel Certificates Act, 1967 (NLCD 155), and “knowingly making a false statutory declaration” in violation of section 5 of the Statutory