Minority Caucus in Parliament yesterday walked out of the House over the Speaker’s decision to forward a motion to withdraw the 2015 AMERI deal by a private person to the Energy Committee without allowing any comments from both sides.
Addressing the media after their walk-out, the Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, who could not hide his displeasure, said: “this is the first time in my whole life in this House that I am seeing that a motion, when it is just moved and seconded, is referred to a committee.”
“You see, we keep talking about the gagging but people don’t seem to understand us because it is not for nothing that the Minority Leader stands. It is because the Minority has reasons to speak and if you do everything to prevent them from speaking, you make the House very difficult to govern,” he cried.
The minority contended that a motion that had been approved by a previous Parliament can only be amended or withdrawn by the executive and not an individual.
They, however, promised to begin an impeachment process to remove the Speaker.
The motion was filed by Mr. K.T. Hammond, who was the ranking Member of the Energy Committee in 2015.
He was the same person who seconded for the adoption of the deal for it to be approved.
It would be recalled that the John Dramani Mahama administration in 2015 signed a contract with Africa and Middle East Resources Investment Group (AMERI Energy) to rent 300MW of emergency power from AMERI at the peak of the country’s power crisis.
The power agreement with UAE-based AMERI Energy deal cost 510m.
It later emerged that the government had been shortchanged by AMERI as they presented an overpriced budget and government overpaid by $150 million.
Story: Franklin Asare-Donkoh