Ghanaian lawmakers have reacted angrily to Transparency International’s latest Corruption Barometer Survey, which ranked Ghana’s Parliament among the most corrupt institutions in the country.
The survey has drawn sharp condemnation from MPs, with some threatening to have the International Corruption Watchdog before the Privileges Committee.
In an interview with Citi News’, Richard Sky, Member of Parliament for the Adansi Asokwa constituency, Kwabena Tahir Hammond said he found the report mind boggling.
“To begin to contemplate a situation where a member of parliament, for discharging his legislative functions, could be described as corrupt is mind boggling… how do we come out as corrupt? I don’t understand and find it nauseating,” he stated.
According to the MP, the allegations were very damning and Transparency International should produce evidence.
“These are very serious matters. You just say from your interviews with people outside, you make such a damning indictment that we are corrupt. I find it disgusting,” he stated.
Adding that, “it is complete nonsense. Parliament does not require money from anybody to undertake its constitutionally mandated function. We are here and are paid for what we do…this is something we have to put before the speaker.”
Transparency International released the report on Tuesday, ranking the Ghanaian Legislature as the sixth most corrupt institution on a list made up of other public institutions like the Police Service, the Judiciary, Political Parties amongst others.