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Ministry of Trade breached processes by commercializing Prez Table at GEBA-Muntaka

Written by  Jan 11, 2018
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Asawase constituency, one of the Minority Parliamentarians who summoned an emergency meeting to request a probe into the cash-for-seat saga, has insisted that, the Trade Ministry breached processes in the collection of an amount of GHc2.6 million raised at the Ghana Expatriate Awards.   Appearing before the five-member committee and answering questions posed to him by Dr. Mark Assibey Yeboah, a member of the committee, the he insisted that, officials at the Trade Ministry breach process in commercialising the Presidential Table at the recent Ghana Expatriate Business Awards (GEBA).   He described it as unethical and added, the responses from the Ministry are inconsistent.   He said the Ministry could have just participated in the event rather than organizing and spending on same. Mr. Muntaka Mubarak referred to Regulation 8, 202, Section, 16, 17 and 18 of the LI which directs that, all non-tax revenue would be collected and kept in the consolidated fund before use.     When asked if any of the participants had petitioned him personally by complaining of an extortion, he said ''we are members of Parliament and we have citizens who have trust in us and offer to give us information.'' At this point, Dr. Yeboah requested he answer by giving a definite answer but Mr. Muntaka stressed, he could not disclose his source of information and it ‘’is beyond doubt that monies have been collected and I have been able to state with the Ministry’s own statement…And as to who petitioned me, who raised the concern when you invite others, you can find out.’’     The Chairman for the committee further stressed on the need for the legislator to answer by a yes or no whether there was an extortion, he answered by clarifying that, he did use the word extortion.
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