Speaker, Minority Leader Accused of blocking corruption fight  

Former Attorney General, Martin Amidu, has accused the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Aaron Ocquaye, and the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei-Kyei Mensah- Bonsu, of impeding the President’s fight against corruption.

He said the two senior members of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) were employing various tactics including subterfuge to prevent President Akufo-Addo from going ahead with his campaign promise of bringing corrupt public officials to book.

Mr. Amidu’s accusations were contained in his latest article on what he termed as the deliberate internal ploys by persons both at the Presidency and in Parliament who were attempting to thwart Akufo-Addo’s efforts.

Osei-Kyei Mensah Bonsu, Majority Leader

“The Speaker and the Parliamentary Minister have created the impression that there is a mismatch between their perception of who must be investigated and prosecuted for suspected looting of the public purse, and the President’s vision and determination to prevent future looting by fighting corruption within his first four-year term. The President was elected with a national mandate to fight corruption.

The Speaker and the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs have no national mandate to undermine the President’s executive authority to enforce the law through the instrumentality of his policing and prosecutorial powers. Only the courts of law can contest his authority,” he added.

Mr. Amidu’s accusation follows similar claims leveled against the Speaker by the Minority in Parliament.

The Minority last week expressed disappointment over what they described as unfair treatment meted out to them by Prof. Ocquaye.

According to the Minority, the speaker has consistently attempted to stifle them in the House and has been biased against them; a claim the Speaker had refuted.

 

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