The Parliamentary Affairs Minister Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has stated that Ghanaian Members of Parliament (MPs) cannot exclude themselves from laws they make, adding that they are subject to the laws governing the country.
He explained that there are exceptions to the arrest of MPs accused of related crimes, saying MPs cannot be arrested either going or returning from Parliament.
‘MPs are subject to the laws of Ghana, we make the laws and we cannot exclude ourselves,’ he said.
Some opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs’ houses were raided by the police and subsequently asked to report to the police headquarters to assist in investigations over Ameri deal.
Speaking on Ultimate Breakfast Show hosted by Lantam Papanko, he said they were not exempting themselves from the laws of the land when the leadership of Parliament told the police to respect the Constitution.
The lawmaker said accused MPs can only be invited by the police or served with bailiffs when Parliament goes on recess or they are not in the process of attending to Parliamentary business.
The MP for Suame Constituency said minority MPs failed to join forces with the majority when NPP MPs were arrested when the latter was in office 8 years ago.
‘…We are one and we need to defend ourselves, the time has come for us to move on as one body. If the police requires an MP to assist in investigations, they have to seek the approval from the Speaker with strong assurances from the court or police that the MP will be handled with decorum and that he shall not be detained. So that is how Parliament in every established democracy in the world operates and we want same to be done for Ghana,’ he explained.