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Confusion in parliament over prosecution of Carlos Ahenkorah

Calls for the prosecution of Tema East legislator, Carlos Ahenkorah has become a bone of contention between the majority and minority sides in Parliament.

While the minority thinks the former Deputy Trade Minister must at all cost be prosecuted for mingling around at a registration centre knowing he has tested positive for COVID-19, the majority says it is of no essence.

Mr Ahenkorah resigned from his position as a Deputy Minister for Trade after pressure mounted on him for visiting a voters’ registration centre when he was supposed to be self-isolating after contracting COVID-19.

He has also been widely condemned with some people speculating he did it on purpose.

Even though he has lost his deputy ministerial position, some Ghanaians are pushing for him to be dragged before law and have him subjected to the sanction regime relative his actions.

In Parliament, members of the two sides are in disagreement over the calls for his prosecution.

Speaking to press on the matter in Parliament Friday, MP for Central Tongu, Alexander Hottordze described Mr Ahenkorah’s action as disastrous and below the belt.

He was concerned about the mode of transmission and how much cost the State was incurring in fighting the pandemic

“It means you wanted Ghana to spend so much or you wanted Ghanaians to be wiped out; that is the reason and it is too bad. It is not right,” he said.

He stated that his resignation is not enough adding “if there is anything beyond resignation he should do it because it’s not the right thing to do.

“If you infect one person, it has a multiplying effect and that is disastrous not only to the economy of Ghana but to the social life Ghanaians. So if he’s seen infecting one person now, as we speak it could be about 1,000 people so they should go ahead and prosecute him.”

But MP for Ablekuma Central and Minister for Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful on her part maintained that although the actions of the Tema East MP is high condemnable there is absolutely no profit to gain from his prosecution.

“It is imperative that you self-isolate and if you don’t do that, then it means you may unwittingly be spreading virus. I think it is most unfortunate that in the heat of the moment Carlos felt compelled to go out there and monitor the registration process,” she said.

She further argued that the legislator needs to be respected and applauded for doing the honourable thing by resigning.

On the issue of his prosecution, the Communications Minister indicated that “unless you can show that a particular individual contracted the virus coming into contact with him because he went out on the monitoring. It will be difficult to establish a case for spreading COVID-19 unwillingly.”

“So let’s not rush to tread into areas where we may… it’s easy to say; but do you have the evidence to prosecute. I think that if it is punishment we want, he has laid down his position as the deputy to take responsibility for it.

“You don’t beat a dead horse. What else would you be achieving by his prosecution?” she enquired.

[ABC News Gh]

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