General News of Saturday, 30 December 2017
The Minority in Parliament says the findings of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) on a complaint filed over the $2.25 billion bond issued in April cites Minister of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta for criminality.
The Minority claims CHRAJ’s decision “agrees largely with our stated position from the very beginning”.
In a statement issued by leader Haruna Iddrisu on Friday, the Minority said the media got it wrong by reporting that the findings by the state human rights body cleared the Finance Minister.
“CHRAJ in its summary of key findings noted several breaches of statutory regulations governing the issuance of bonds and cited the Minister for conduct bordering on criminality,” Mr Iddrisu said in the statement.
“It is the considered position of the Minority that the adverse findings contained in the decision of the CHRAJ vindicate our position that the US$ 2.25 Billion bond issuance was fraught with irregularities and did not comply with Ghanaian law.”
The complaint was filed by Yaw Brogya Gyamfi for punitive action to be taken against the Minister due to conflict of interest.
In his complaint, Mr Bogya gyamfi said the bonds were purchased by a Franklin Templeton manager, Trevor Trefgarne, who is a friend of the Minister’s.
Speaking on 3FM’s Midday News on Friday, Mr Brogya Gyamfi commended CHRAJ for staking pains to come to the conclusion of investigations.
He says he is still studying the report, which was handed to him on Friday, December 22.
According to him, so far, he has not reached a point where CHRAJ clears the Finance Minister of wrongdoing.