Parliament orders 2 MPs to go into self-isolation after returning from abroad

Parliament orders 2 MPs to go into self-isolation after returning from abroad

- Two MPs have been ordered to stay away from Parliament and self-isolate after recent trips abroad

- The two MP for Binduri, Dr Robert Baba Kuganab-Lem, and MP for Ayawaso East, Naser Toure Mahama travelled to Japan and India respectively

- The directive was announced by Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu on Thursday, March 19, 2020

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Two Members of Parliament (MPs) who travelled outside Ghana have been directed to stay away from Parliament for two weeks.

The directive is to ensure that the two, MP for Binduri, Dr Robert Baba Kuganab-Lem, and MP for Ayawaso East, Naser Toure Mahama, undergo the two-week self-isolation to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Majority Leader and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, gave the directive on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Speaking on the floor of Parliament, the Majority Leader indicated that even those legislators had been given a certificate of clearance to travel back into Ghana, they should “stay away from the House for the period of purging before they come here [Parliament].”

Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu disclosed that while Dr Kuganab-Lem had just arrived in Ghana by Ethiopian Airways from Tokyo, Mahama would be coming back to Ghana from India via Emirates.

“Because of what is happening, it is important we make it known to colleagues who have travelled outside that on their return they are not welcomed here,” adding that the information should go to Mahama upon his return.

The Majority Leader also directed that Parliamentary Service staff who have travelled outside also comply with the order.

The Majority Leader made the call when he moved a motion for the House to be suspended Thursday.

The directive comes after Ghana's total number of cases of the Coronavirus disease rose to 11 after two new cases were confirmed in Kumasi on Thursday, March 19, 2020

The two are Ghanaian woman and a Lebanese man who live in the Ashanti regional capital.

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