Minority Ready to  Help Amidu in Anti-Corruption War


— but will Scrutinize him at VettingHaruna

The Minority caucus in parliament has served notices that, they would do everything within the ambit of the laws to offer help to Martin Alamisi Amidu, the President nominee for the position of Special Prosecutor, in the anti-corruption war in the country.

According to the Minority, corruption is a crime that every democratic group of people should be interested in its fight and that the National Democratic Congress(NDC ) as a party and it’s parliamentarians are ever ready to offer  help to the office of the special prosecutor to ride of the canker.

The Minority Leader of Parliament, Hon Haruna Iddrisu reiterated this remarks when the House resumed sitting from recess in Accra yesterday.

In a welcome remarks on the floor after the House returned from recess since last year, Mr Iddrisu said, it was the interest and hope of every Ghanaian  that the institutions saddled with onerous task of fighting corruption in the country are given the necessary encouragement and independence to do the right thing.

He said, the NDC Minority welcome the appointment of Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor but indicated that his(Amidu) appointment could not be confirm without proper scrutinizing of his work and intention by the appointment committee.

Mr Amidu, he noted though is a distinguished and self accomplished lawyers without any shed of  doubt his (Amidu) capability, he could not go smoothly without proper scrutinizing of his live and assurance of his willingness to do the job.

“Mr Speaker, while we welcoming ourselves back to the House, let me take this opportunity to state that, we of the Minority side of this house, are ready to support the government of the day to fight corruption.”

“The appointment of the special prosecutor and I know will be coming here very soon for vetting and approval, I want to state that, we will support the government to fight corruption, but we will do proper scrutinizing of his job. So I asked members to file their questions,” Haruna stated.

The  Minority Leader  further assured that the NDC, as a great believer in the unity of the country , would  also partner with the government in any way(s) that would  strengthen our historic bond of democracy and beautiful nation.

The Tamale South lawmaker also raised the issue of constitutional misinterpretation on the Speaker take over leadership of the state in the absence of the President and Vice President of the Republic.

Last Sunday, parliament was recalled to swear in the Speaker, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye as acting President following a letter inviting  the President, Nana Akufo Addo to Liberia to witness the coronation of George Oppong Weah as new President of the West Africa war torn country, Liberia.

The Speaker, was administered to the Oath of Allegiance and the  Oath of President by the Chief Justice, Ms Sophia Akuffo per Article 60(11) and (12) of the 1992 constitution and Order 42(3) of the Standing Order of Parliament.

But Hon Haruna argued that there was a problem in that aspect of the constitutional interpretation regarding the Speaker taking over and swearing oath of Allegiance and President when he already taken the oath of Allegiance as Speaker and also not an elected president to take Presidential oath.

In his view, the constitution need to be properly review so to give more and proper meaning of Article 60(11) and (12) as the present situation appeared very improperly complicated.

However, Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu said, the oath taken by the Speaker was in line with the constitution and that the framers of the constitution knew very well the Speaker was not an elected President.

He also embraced the support from the Minority and urged that the cordiality in parliamentary business between the two side would continue to enrich our democratic dispensation.


Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba

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