General News of Thursday, 19 January 2012
The Minority in Parliament has said claims by the Committee for Joint Action (CJA) that a section of the public and the minority MPs are being selective in the debate over the payment of about GhC 200 million judgment debt by the government are baseless.
The CJA said the judgment debt debate should be extended to other beneficiaries apart from the NDC bankroller Alfred Woyome.
The group also raised concerns about the depth of corruption within the public sector and called for action from government and Parliament.
Speaking to Citi News, the Minority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said the minority MPs are also interested in scrutinizing the manner in which other judgment debts were paid and will not compromise on raising alarm if it is necessary to do so.
“I do understand what perhaps they [CJA] are talking about that the Woyome matter is focusing the attention of the entire nation and perhaps leaving out others,” he said.
The Suame MP added that “the truth is that the circumstances surrounding the payment to Woyome is very different and that explains why it was singled out, but we are not oblivious of the circumstances surrounding other payments as well. ”
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee in Parliament, Kan Dapaah, in an interview with Citi News said his committee’s work appears to be irrelevant since recommendations made are not well implemented by the implementation committees of various institution.
He said until an independent implementation committee is set up to take over such a function it will be challenging to reform the operations of public sector institutions considered to be corrupt.