Alan ‘Cash’ calls Mohammed Muntaka bluff

Mr Alan Kyerematen.

Mr Alan Kyerematen.

Mr. Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten, the Minister of Trade and Industry, has called for the head of the Minority Chief Whip and Member of Parliament (MP) for Asawase in the Ashanti Region, Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, for causing financial loss to the state.

According to him, the country had incurred loss following the recall of Parliament during the Christmas break to discuss a motion filed by the MP to probe the “cash for seat saga”.

He therefore asked Parliament and by extension, the state to consider the possibility of charging the Member of Parliament for wilfully causing financial loss.

Mr. Kyeremanten was speaking in the house after the five-member committee tasked to probe the matter discharged him of any wrongdoing and adopted the committee report.

He also used the occasion to express his Ministry’s gratitude to Parliament for following due processes in investigating the issue.

The minister however commented on the attitude of some MPs including Mr. Samuel Okudzeto, MP for North Tongu, Ketu North MP, James Klutse Avedzi and Dr Dominic Ayine, MP, Bolgatanga East who were the key actors in the “drama”.

He alleged that documents presented by Mr. Muntaka to the committee were fraudulent and “could be a matter that can be properly interrogated”.

Mr. Kyeremanten further expressed worry over Mr. Ablakwa’s claims that the issue had marred Ghana’s international reputation insisting that his (Ablakwa) opinion could not constitute the entirety of the international community.

Touching on an earlier report released by the Minority on Friday, the Trades Minister suspected foulplay as documents which Dr. Anyine alleged were unsubstantiated during the public hearings found its way in the Minority report.

Mr Kyeremanten also accused Mr Avedzi of working hard to fault the ministry for using public accounts for private interest questioning “how citizens are protected by the acts and omissions of honourable members”.

The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, set up a five-member committee to look into Alhaji Muntaka’s motion, seconded by Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, which accused the Trade Ministry of illegally levying expatriate business owners at an awards ceremony.

After many weeks of public hearing, the committee on Tuesday presented its report, though not without drama as the Minority walked out of the house.

By Times Reporter        





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