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Our emergency call justified by law and not an abuse of process-Muntaka

Written by  Jan 11, 2018
The Minority Chief Whip and Member of Parliament for Asawase constituency, Muntaka Mubarak, has justified why he and Okudzeto Ablakwa, the MP for North Tongu, summoned an emergency meeting over the cash-for-seat saga.   Taking his turn before the five-member committee set up to probe the matter, the legislator disagreed with those who have suggested that, their call was needless.   He also disagreed with suggestions that, they could have used a different approach in dealing with the matter.   Spokesperson for the committee Mr. Buabeng Asamoah asked why the MPs failed to consider the financial cost involved and the inconvenience parliamentarians had to go through due to the emergency call. He also asked why they failed to raise the issue before Parliament went on recess and had to do same when the House was on break. In answering the question, Mr. Mubarak stressed that, they considered challenges and time constraint the House had to go through in discharging their duties at the dying hours of their last sitting. He said it would have been inappropriate for them to have raised the issue at the time because they also considered the presidential probe but were dissatisfied with the outcome. He also added, the constitution of the republic of Ghana, has provided grounds on which an emergency sitting could be summoned and that is the same process we used and so I disagree with those saying that, the process was abused. He emphasized, what we did was the right thing to do as guided by the constitution. Speaker of Parliament Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye last week set up a five-member Committee to probe the alleged sale of presidential seats to expatriates by the Trades Ministry.     The decision followed a thorough debate on the floor after an urgent motion was filed by the Minority and duly signed by 15 percent of its members who demanded a full-scale investigation into the matter.         After “procedural irregularities" in the motion, which led to the suspension of sitting, the Speaker granted the wish of the Minority.     The members include: (a) New Juabeng South MP – Dr Mark Assibey Yeboah (b) Adetan MP - Yaw Buabeng Asamoah (c) Ketu North MP and Deputy Minority leader – James Klutse Avedzi (d) Bolga East MP – Dr Dominic Ayine Th terms of reference given the Committee include: 1). When did the matter under consideration arise. 2). Can it be perceived in terms of what is described as Novus actus interveniens(meaning is this something new that has arisen?). 3). Could the matter have been raised during the regular sitting session with prudent vigilance?   4). Has the matter been raised in any form whatsoever during the session and why raise it in moment Parliament is on recess.      
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