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General News of Wednesday, 31 August 2016


Recall of Parliament mischief by Minority – Majority

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The Majority in Parliament has described as a “mischief” the Minority’s request to have the House reconvened as per Standing Order 38 (1).

Parliament has been recalled to deliberate on a Ford Expedition car gift received by President John Dramani Mahama from a Burkinabe contractor.

As per a motion signed by the Minority Leader on August 3, the Speaker of Parliament had to call all 275 lawmakers to return on Thursday, September 1 after rising last month.

But at a press conference on Wednesday, August 31, the Majority described the move as “a needless waste of scarce resources and precious time”.

The Majority says it will stop the Minority from the “distraction” the members want to plunge the country into.

“We wish to assure the good people of Ghana that this notwithstanding, we in the Majority will remain alive to our constitutional responsibilities. “We assure all that this is unnecessary and obvious distraction will soon be put behind us as we resolve to continue to support President Mahama’s vision of Changing Lives and Transforming Ghana.”

Media reports are rife the Minority wants to impeach the president following the receipt of the said gift. But the Majority says nowhere in the motion “is there the remotest suggestion of impeachment of the president”.

It questioned why the Minority will even toy with such an idea when the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) is already investigating the matter.