Seth Osei Kissi, an aide to the Member of Parliament for the Dome Kwabenya Constituency, Adwoa Safo has disclosed the distressing circumstances behind Adwoa Safo‘s extended absence from Parliament several months ago.
Mr. Kissi, during an interview with Top FM on “The Morning Show with Kwame Nkrumah Tikesie”, unveiled a series of heart-wrenching setbacks that led the MP to take a necessary sabbatical from her roles as a legislator and gender minister in 2020.
As he recounted the emotional toll of these events, Mr. Kissi alleged that, “In the lead-up to the 2020 elections, we learned that Hon Adwoa Safo was expecting a child. Tragically, she endured a stillbirth after childbirth. It’s an emotionally devastating situation, and she may have even lost her own life if not for divine intervention.”
However, her trials extended beyond her stillbirth ordeal. While grappling with the loss of her child, Adwoa Safo received a heart-wrenching call from the United States concerning one of her children. She has a son and a daughter in the US, and the call conveyed distressing news about her son’s severe illness, which threatened to result in permanent disability. In response, she promptly journeyed abroad to be with her ailing son. Nonetheless, upon her arrival, another agonizing challenge emerged—a looming possibility of losing custody of her children.
“Consider the emotional strain of enduring a stillbirth, nearly losing your own life, and then receiving news that your child faces severe illness, with the potential for a life-altering disability. To exacerbate her anguish, there were threats of losing custody of her children. How does one muster the strength to confront such an overwhelming ordeal?” Mr. Kissi recounted
He however did not mention the nature of her son’s illness or the duration of the said illness.
Adwoa Safo, the incumbent Member of Parliament for Dome-Kwabenya, publicly extended her heartfelt apologies on Thursday, September 14, to the leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), particularly President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, and other party officials.
In her statement, she attributed her extended absence from Parliament, during which her seat remained vacant, to personal and family issues. Her absence had incited controversies, leading to difficulties for the ruling party in securing the necessary numbers for voting on critical bills in Parliament. This turmoil resulted in Adwoa Safo becoming the target of heavy criticism, with some advocating for her removal as a minister and the declaration of her seat as vacant.
Although she was subsequently relieved of her ministerial position, Adwoa Safo has made a triumphant return to Parliament after several months and has declared her intention to seek re-election in the 2024 parliamentary elections.
Adwoa Safo’s aide, Mr. Kissi, acknowledged that the MP had been overwhelmed by the gravity of her personal challenges. He also noted that her failure to effectively communicate her situation to Ghanaians in a timely manner had contributed to the public outcry she currently faces. Nevertheless, Mr. Kissi expressed his belief that Adwoa Safo’s recent apology was a positive step, and he appealed to Ghanaians, her party members, and constituents to empathize with her plight and extend their forgiveness.