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General News of Monday, 15 May 2017

Source: adomonline.com

Dissolve Public Accounts Committee now – Abronye

A New Patriotic Party (NPP) Communicator, Kwame Baffoe, has called for the dissolution of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament.

‘Abronye DC’ as he is referred to speaking on Adom FM’s Morning Show, ‘Dwaso Nsem’ Monday argued that the dissolution of the constitutionally created body is necessary because the committee has failed to live to its mandate.

The Committee despite having the powers of a High Court, Abronye DC said has failed to convict persons who are implicated in the Auditor General’s report that appear before it.

“The Public Accounts Committee must be dissolved, people appear before it and just fail to justify why the loot monies from the state coffers…instead of convicting them, they allow them to go scot free without arresting them…,” he argued.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) studies public audits, invite ministers, permanent secretaries or other ministry officials to the committee for questioning, and issue a report of their findings subsequent to a government budget audit.

Several persons have appeared and confessed before the committee of misuse of public funds with some of them begging for forgiveness.

Abronye DC commenting on the failure of the committee to order arrest of people therefore argued that the country will be better served if the PAC is dissolved and an alternative found to retrieving monies stolen from the state from public officials and politicians.

“Why are they not arresting people, they should do so to serve as a deterrence to others because they have the powers of a high court…they only permit people to go and just defend themselves in a shallow manner…,” he said.

Watch Abronye’s full submission below: