Minority boycotts Cash for seat C’ttee report

The Minority walked out from Parliament over the “cash for seat” Committee report following investigations into claims that the Trade Ministry extorted $100,000 from expatriates to allow them to sit close to the President during the Ghana Expatriates Business Awards in December 2017.

They indicated that most of the MPs have not read the 146-page report that has been put before them to be debated.

The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, maintained that under the circumstances, his side could not take part in the deliberations.

According to him, by the Standing Orders of Parliament, no motion shall be debated until at least 48-hour sitting days have elapsed.

“I have a difficulty that we are suspending the Standing Orders on this matter especially seeing that I got my copy of the report only this morning. All members got their copies only this morning… so why the rush?”

“In the interest of transparency and accountability, this matter cannot be railroaded through Parliament and I am sorry, Mr. Speaker, that if the Chairman wants to proceed, he knows our position… of the 146 pages, I together with many other members are yet to satisfy and read through it thoroughly in order to make meaningful contributions to the debate.”

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