KenMustGo: Ad Hoc Committee to probe allegations against Ofori-Atta

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Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Alban S.K. Bagbin has set up a committee to investigate the allegations made against Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta.

The Minority in Parliament, which made the allegations filed a Vote of Censure motion to get him removed from office.

The Committee made up of eight members will be co-chaired by MPs for Bolgatanga East and Adansi-Asokwa, Dr. Dominic Ayine and KT Hammond respectively.

The other members are Zenator Agyeman Rawlings, Okudzeto Ablakwa, and Bernard Ahiafor for the Minority and then Patrick Yaw Boamah, Agyapa Mercer, and Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi for the Majority.

The Committee has seven working days to complete its work and submit a report for the House to debate on.

Deputy Majority Leader in Parliament Alexander Afenyo-Markin had challenged the motion of the Minority on the basis that the Finance Minister will suffer injustice if the House goes ahead with the application.

He indicated that the claims by the Minority were criminal in nature upon proper scrutiny and he called for a fair hearing for the Minister.

The Minority has accused Mr. Ofori-Atta of, among other things, personally benefitting from every loan that the government takes.

According to the Deputy Majority leader, if the House goes ahead with the application it will be doing a lot of injustice to the Minister.

“If this application is allowed it will be injustice and unfairness, the Minister wouldn’t have been given adequate time to prepare for his defense,” he stated.

Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu who justified the Motion said President Akufo-Addo was not ready to sack the Minister and appealed to the Majority Members of Parliament to support the move to get him removed.

Speaker Bagbin, in his ruling, said the Minority’s evidence will be placed before the committee and the Minister will have the opportunity to defend himself.

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