Parliament to reconvene, Friday to discuss alleged extortion money from expats

Alhaji Muntaka

Alhaji Muntaka

Parliament will on Friday January 5, 2018, reconvene to consider a motion before it moved by Asawase member and Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak.

 

Seconded by North Tongu lawmaker, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the duo is seeking a parliamentary probe into the alleged extortion of money from expatriate businessmen at the recently held Ghana Expatriate Business Awards.

 

The motion dated December 27, 2018, via a petition has been signed on by more than 80 Minority legislators.

 

According to the Minority caucus, the fees charged at the awards night were not approved by Parliament, and that the monies were also not accounted for the Internally Generated Funds (IGF) of the Ministry’s accounts.

 

Under the auspices of the Trade and Industry Ministry, it is alleged that some patrons at the awards night were charged between US$ 25,000 and US$100,000 to sit close to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

 

The allegations have irked public reaction with some critics insinuating corruption in the charges.

 

The government, however, in a statement cleared the Ministry of any wrongdoing.

 

In a letter to Members of Parliament summoning the House, the Speaker, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye indicated that the House, which had adjourned Sine Dine ahead of the Christmas festivities, would sit at midday on Friday.

 

“In pursuance of article 112 (3) of the constitution of the Republic and Orders of Parliament, I Right Honourable Professor Michael Aaron Oquaye, Speaker of Parliament, do hereby summon Parliament to sit on Friday, the 5th day of January, 2018 at twelve o’clock noon, at Parliament House, Accra,” a statement from the Speaker’s office said.

 

Article 112(3) of the 1992 Constitution mandates the Speaker to summon the House within seven days if at least 15 per cent of members signed a petition seeking a recall of the House.

 

BY JULIUS YAO PETETSI

 

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