Recall not for impeachment of President – Majority

By Ken Sackey/Benjamin Mensah, GNA

Accra, Aug. 31, GNA
– Mr Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, Majority Leader in Parliament on Wednesday
said the expected recall of Members of Parliament to the plenary on Thursday,
September 1, is not for the impeachment of President John Dramani Mahama.

Rather, the recall
is for the House to consider a motion filed by the Minority, through its leader
Mr Osei Kyei- Mensah Bonsu, seeking Parliament to constitute a special
committee to investigate the controversial receipt of Ford Expedition vehicle
by President Mahama from a Burkinabe contractor.

The motion, filed
on August 3, also seeks to establish if the receipt of the vehicle by the
President infringed on any of the Laws of Ghana and on his (President’s) Code
of Conduct.

“This, recall of
Parliament has been occasioned by the Minority in Parliament invoking Article
112 (3) of the 1992 Constitution and Order 38 (1) of the Standing Orders of
Parliament,” the Majority Leader said at a press conference by the Majority
Caucus in Parliament in Accra.

The conference was
in convened to respond to current media discussions on the reasons for the
recall, which the Minority has publicised as being a process to impeach
President for “illegally” accepting the vehicle, and further describing as an
inducement.

Some legislators on
the Minority Side had in media discussions suggested that the President would
be impeached when he House is recalled, but the Minority Leader in another
interaction with the media said he was not aware of any plans to impeach the
President.

He said the motion
which he signed was for House to decide on propriety of the President receiving
such a gift.

Mr Bagbin described
impressions generated from the discussions in the media as “erroneous and
deliberately misleading.”

The Majority Leader
expressed wonder why the Minority claims publicly that they seek to impeach the
President at the recall when this was not contained in their motion.

He questioned why
the Minority’s request to investigate the matter which was already before
constitutionally mandated body, the Commission on Human Rights And
Administrative Justice.

Mr Bagbin asked:
“Why did the Minority Leader who signed the motion as far back as August 3,
2016, state on Citifm as recent as this Monday the 29th of August,
2016 that he did not know the reason for the recall and that he was ‘taken
aback’ when he heard the news of the recall from the ‘grapevine’ as there had
been ‘no prior consultation’ with him? What is the Minority Leader running away
from? “

Mr Bagbin said it
was clear that the recall of Parliament was “borne out of clear mischief,” and
a “desperate attempt to throw as much dirt at President Mahama ahead of the
December 7 elections.”

He described the
conduct of the Minority as “certainly a needless waste of scarce state
resources and precious time” when Members of Parliament ought to be engaging
their constituents as election approaches.

“We 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 unnecessary and obvious distractions will soon be put behind us as we
resolve to continue to support President Mahama’s vision of changing lives and
transforming Ghana,” Mr Bagbin said.

GNA

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