Rev Kusi Boateng directed to serve Ablakwa through Speaker Bagbin – Dafeamekpor

South Dayi Member of Parliament Rockson Nelson Dafeamekpor has said the court has directed Secretary to the Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral of Ghana, Reverend Victor Kusi Boateng to serve the Member of Parliament for North Tongu Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa in the contempt case through the Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin.

The contempt case against Mr Ablakwa was adjourned by the court on Tuesday, February 21 until the service is done properly.

Speaking to journalists after the adjournment, Mr Dafeamekpor said “The matter has been adjourned sine die for the applicants to put their House in order. The court has directed them to do the appropriate thing by having him served as constitutionally provided through the Speaker of Parliament.

“When that is done then the processes that we have elected to be filed as a matter of consequences, we can rely on it to file further processes as a result of proper service. Until that is done there is no matter.”

Deputy Minority Leader Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah also accused Reverend Victor Kusi Boateng is running away from his own suit against Ablakwa.

Mr Kofi Buah who is also Lawmaker for Ellembelle said “you should have seen Mr Adu Gyamfi in court but instead, you know who was in court? The man who was fighting for the right thing for Ghana, Okudzeto Ablakwa.

“The people of Ghana are committed to supporting all the right things he is fighting for. The Minority in Parliament stands strongly behind him. Today, we went to court and it was obvious that the people who took us to court are running away from their own application.

“This is really a victory for the people of Ghana. We are very clear in our mind, we are going to stand by Okudzeto Ablakwa and fight for the right thing for the people of Ghana.”

Reverend Victor Kusi Boateng, filed a motion, praying the court to commit Mr Ablakwa to prison for his conduct.

The opposition lawmaker had kicked a writ meant to be served on him by a court bailiff on Friday, February 3.

He had given the pretext that he was on his way to Parliament when the bailiff approached him at the forecourt of Accra-based Metro TV to be served Rev Kusi Boateng’s writ.

The writ was to restrain the lawmaker from further making pronouncements on the clergyman’s case of double identity because the matter was before the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).

The motion is to draw the attention of the court over a possible contempt case against the lawmaker.

“When the Bailiff of this Honourable Court reminded the Respondent that Parliament was in recess, the Respondent then claimed that he was on his way to a meeting of one of the committees of Parliament, an allegation which has since turned out to be a falsehood told by the Respondent merely to evade service of the court processes on him.

“I am informed by my Counsel and verily believe same to be true that the immunities available to members of Parliament from being served personally with court processes can only be invoked when that member of Parliament is either on his way to or way from Parliamentary proceedings or activities; an immunity which the Respondent could not have invoked on the 3rd of February 2023 because the Parliament of Ghana was on recess at that time.

“. . .dissatisfied with the excuses that the Respondent was giving to evade service of Exhibits VKB1 and VKB2, the Court Officer proceeded to discharge his statutory duty of serving court processes personally on the Respondent by leaving the processes as close as possible to the Respondent.”

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It was after this that the MP kicked the documents on the floor and drove off.

Rev Kusi Boateng, also known as Kwabena Adu Gyamfi, prayed thus: “I am informed by my Counsel and verily believe same to be true that this Honorable Court has the power to commit the Respondent to prison for his conduct to protect the whole administration of justice and serve as a deterrent to other persons.”

Source: By Laud Nartey

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