NPP MP for Obuasi East to sue government for violating statutory obligations
NPP MP for Obuasi East, Edward Enning, says he is bringing a court suit against government for its failure to fulfill some statutory obligations and freezing the HIPC accounts of MPs without notice.
The MP described government’s action as criminal and threatened that without any proper explanation, he and others will seek redress in court.
MPs are furious and have threatened to boycott government business over the freezing of their HIPC, DACF (District Assembly Common Fund), GETFund accounts.
The Minority leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu called the action by government “sheer maladministration”.
Majority leader Dr. Benjamin Kunbour explained government is facing cash-flow challenges and was forced to freeze the accounts. He said “hard economic facts on the ground” is driving the sudden withdrawal of the MPs’ Common Fund.
He explained that if a government expects GHC 2.9bn revenue from VAT in a year but receives GHC 1.2bn, it will be faced with difficulty in meeting statutory challenges such as disbursing funds to government agencies such as National Health Insurance, Health fund, District Assemblies’ Common Fund, Ghana and the Education Trust (GET) Fund.
Dr. Kunbour said the heads of the affected institutions will be meeting the leadership of parliament on Wednesday to explain the specific challenges facing them.
But MP Obuasi East is taking the issue beyond publicly criticising the government. He is threatening court action.
He told Joy News, he was “shocked” to learn that the Minister of Finance, Seth Terkper and his deputy Ato Forson were pleading their innocence about the freeze.
He said the action has affected the construction of a library in his constituency after a cheque intended to pay for the supply of furniture bounced.
He wondered how government could freeze their accounts without notice but could not retrieve monies dubiously paid to individuals as judgement debt.
He said the Controllers and Accountant-General will be meeting with parliament on Tuesday to explain this action. “If nothing positive comes out of it, some of us will go to court”, he said.
He said the money belongs to his constituents and whoever wrote a letter directing the freeze will be sued in court.
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