Cash-for-seat: Hand Reports to an Independent Body for Assessment – GII

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Anti-Graft group Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) is calling on parliament to hand the two conflicting cash-for-seat reports to an external body for assessement.

The group argues the disagreement that has greeted the conclusion of the Committee’s work will be put to rest if there is an independent analysis of the information contained in the two reports.

The current Parliament is not in the position to do an independent work, Corporate Affairs Manager of GII, Michael Boadi told Joy News Wednesday.

“Parliament, as we have it now, is highly partisan and takes partisan positions and posturing to almost everything,” he said.

The special investigative committee set up by the Speaker of Parliament to probe an allegation of extortion against the Trades Ministry following the Expatriate Business Awards last year, presented its report to the House on Tuesday.

But this was not without some drama.

The Minority walked out after a Minority member on the Committee, Dr Dominic Ayine, complained inputs from his side of the House were not captured in the report.

The Committee’s report exonerated Trades Minister, Alan Kyerematen and officials of the Ministry but the Minority think otherwise.

According to them, the report does not capture their concerns.

While the Minority believe the Majority are using their numbers on the special committee to cover up wrongdoing, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) legislators say their colleagues on the other side simply refused to cooperate.

He believes the nation should have anticipated that an investigation of this nature was going to take partisan colours with the outcome reflecting such nature.

The Speaker of Parliament has asked the Privileges Committee to consider the report of the ad-hoc committee and recommend further actions.

Reacting to the trade of accusations and counter-accusations between the Majority and Minority, Mr Boadi said he was not surprised with the development.

“For the interest of mother Ghana, if the Privileges Committee, they could find a way to build consensus without sacrificing the facts,” he noted.

 

 

Source: MyJoyOnline

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