Speaker Queries Kan-Dapaah  Over Police Dawn Raids

Mr. Albert Kan-Dapaah, Minister of National Security, was yesterday dragged before the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, to explain why officers from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service stormed homes of some Members of Parliament (MPs) without the consent of parliament.

The Speaker, meeting with the National Security Minister, together with the leadership of the august House, said among other things a more diplomatic and humane way should be adopted in handling issues, such as conducting investigation on MPs.

It was not clear the outcome of the meeting at the time of going to press, but information gathered indicated that the Security Minister expressed concern and assured the Speaker, as well as the leadership of parliament, that his office would take up the matter.

Mr. Kan-Dapaah briefed the House on the processes of the investigations by the security agencies against the NDC MPs.

The Speaker said, the summons was necessary because it was important for the security to “use the appropriate processes” when conducting investigations.

The raids on homes of some legislators who are former appointees of the previous government are in connection with the US$ 510 AMERI power deal.

The homes of former Deputy Power Minster, John Jinapor, and former Deputy Attorney General, Dr. Dominic Ayine, were raided by officers of the CID last week in search of documents covering the controversial deal signed by the Mahama administration.

It also followed a similar raid at the home of former Power Minister, Dr. Kwabena Donkor, last Monday, when four officers of the CID, stormed the residence of former minister to search his property in connection with investigations into the same deal.

Dr. Donkor is being accused of wilfully causing financial loss to the state, but he denied it categorically, saying the deal was done in most transparent manner and the raid was nothing but simply politically-motivated.

Prof. Oquaye earlier met with the leadership of the house, the Security Minister and members and Legal Committee of the Council of State when they paid a courtesy call on him yesterday.

The Council of State members were in parliament to seek audience and to discuss matters of national importance on legal issues emanating from the august House.

The Legal Committee of Council of State was led by Mr. Sam Okudzeto, a senior lawyer at the Bar.

Other members were Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood, immediate past Chief Justice of Ghana, Alhaji Mogtari Sahanum, Nana Owusu Nsiah, Kuoro Richard Babini Kanton, Nana Somuah Mireku Nyampong III, and Bo-Naa Professor Samuel Nantogmah.

The discussion between the Speaker and the Council of State members was centered on the need for parliament to make bills accessible for public scrutiny and inputs before enacting them into law.

In the view of the Legal Committee of the Council of state, when bills are made known to the public before they are passed into law, the public would appreciate their import and impact, thereby enhancing the country’s political development and discourse.

The Council of State members also want parliament to make its Hansard public so the general public would be able to appreciate the work of the legislative arm of government, while understanding the need to equip and resource our institutions.

The Assembly Press, the national printing facility, which is said to be property of parliament but now being controlled by the executive, the Speaker said, needed to be transferred back to parliament to enable it to run its printing activities, especially the ‘Parliamentary Hansard.’

The Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, and the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrissu, respectively commended the Council of State members for calling on the Speaker and Parliament.

They said, the work of the Council of State is so important that there was the need they extended their advisory role to other state institutions, like parliament, to enhance the development process of the country.

 

 

Source: Therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba 

The Republic News Online

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