Minority condemns search at MP’s residence

Dr.Kwabena Donkoh former Power Minister

Dr.Kwabena Donkoh former Power Minister

The minority in Parliament has described as “dastardly” the search done by personnel of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Police Service at the residence of former Power Minister, Dr. Kwabena Donkor.

Dr. Donkor’s residence was on Monday stormed by officials of the CID with a search warrant in relation to documents covering the Africa Middle East Resources Investment (AMERI) power deal.

This development, the minority said, was “shameful and sad” in a country that upholds the rights of its citizens to privacy.

A statement issued in Accra on Tuesday and signed by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, said the fact that the warrant was ordered by a lower court provided an inadequate defence.

“The minority considers as unacceptable any action by state agencies that impede the work of a sitting member of parliament, and this improper conduct amounts to contempt of parliament under Article 122 of the Constitution,” it said.

The action which the minority considered as a breach of privilege of a sitting MP, said it undermined the ability of the legislator to perform his legitimate duties and by extension negated the work of parliament.

According to the minority, the raid on the residence of Dr. Donkor had nothing to do with the AMERI project because “after all, government itself has publicly claimed just recently that it has in its possession all relevant documents in respect of the AMERI project, following the establishment of the Phillip Addison committee.”

To them, the raid on the Pru East MP’s residence signals the era of a calculated programme to harass and intimidate vociferous members of the minority and stifle the progress of our democratic process.

“Our democracy and the freedoms it guarantees are under attack and we in the minority will not sit idle and watch. We will resist it with all the force at our disposal,” the statement indicated.

It said available records from Parliament would attest to the fact that, the AMERI agreement which was submitted to the House for approval was considered by the relevant committee and approved unanimously on the floor.

The minority said it was willing and ready to cooperate with the government and its agencies to investigate any claim of malfeasance pursuant to proper due process but said it “abhors the use of crude tactics only intended to instill fear and terror amongst our members.”

By Julius Yao Petetsi

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