Lecturer questions White paper on report

A LAW lecturer, mR Yaw Donkor, has observed that the Justice Dzamefe Commission report’s recommendation for further investigation into the Brazil 2014 fiasco – after it has completed its work – defeats the purpose for which it was set up.

He also said that the release of a White Paper on the Justice Dzamefe Commission report, prior to publishing the report itself is unconstitutional.

Mr Donkor was speaking on Joy FM and Multi TV’s Newsfile news analysis programme last Saturday.

The law lecturer said that Article 23 of Ghana’s Constitution, which proscribes the setting up of Commissions of Enquiries and related matters, has been breached.

“The whole exercise of setting up a Commission Enquiry is under Chapter 23 [of the Constitution], and when you read Article 280 it states: ‘The President shall, subject to clause four of this article cause to be published the report of a Commission of Inquiry together with the White Paper on it within six months after the date of the submission of the report by the commission’. So in my own limited understanding of the law, you cannot publish a White Paper without a publication of the report itself”, he stressed.

The law lecturer proceeded to quote clause 4 of Article 23 noting that if for some reason the report of the Commission cannot be published, the President should have issued a statement to that effect giving clear reasons.

Attorney General Marietta Appiah-Oppong earlier this week presented a White Paper on the Justice Senyo Dzamefe Commission report that sought to investigate Ghana’s poor showing at the World Cup tournament in Brazil last year.

The White Paper revealed that the Ghana Football Association and its President, Kwesi Nyantakyi, will face a forensic audit for financial dealings in matches played by the Black Stars in the lead up to the 2014 FIFA tournament in Brazil.

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