Minority wants Power Minister hauled before Parliament

Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu,Minority Leader (2)The Minority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has urged Parliament to haul the Minister for Power before it to explain the cause of the power crises confronting the country.

He said the Minister, Dr. Kwabena Donkor, who is also a member of the House, had, on a number of occasions, made public comments on the cause of the power crises but had not officially briefed Parliament on the issue.

When the Power Ministry took its turn at the Meet-the-Press series early this year, Dr. Donkor indicated that the power crises would be over by the end of the year, and has declared in media circles that he would quit if the crises persist.

He was invited to a closed-door meeting by the Committee on Mines and Energy yesterday, to discuss the power challenges among other issues.

However, the Minority Leader said the power crises had become a national concern, and that the Minister was supposed to meet the House, and not just the committee.

“The Minister has spoken outside the House but he belongs to this House. Let him come here and tell us the cause of the crises and the government’s efforts to address them,” the Minority Leader said.

Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu urged the House to invite the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to appear before the lawmakers to brief them on the violence in Equatorial Guinea, during the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.

A number of Ghanaian football fans were reportedly assaulted by fans of Equatorial Guinea, when Ghana defeated Equatorial Guinea in the semi-final of the AFCON tournament.

Media reports indicate that some fans received various degrees of injuries in the melee, which led to the game coming to a halt for almost 30 minutes.

Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said assault on Ghanaian citizens in Equatorial Guinea was a very critical issue that needed to be investigated and urged the House to invite the Foreign Affairs Minister to come and explain the efforts the ministry was making to secure justice for the injured fans.

In another development, the Intestate Succession Bill, 2013 which is being enacted to replace the PNDC law 111, was taken through the Consideration Stage.

By Yaw Kyei

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