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Press Release: Parliament must purge itself from bribery allegations- Liberal Youth Association

The Liberal Youth Association a pressure group in a press release dated 5th April ,2017 has asked the parliament of Ghana to purge itself  from bribery allegations. In their statement, the  Joe  Ghartey Committee has invited  fresh  attacks  from  the  public  on  the  national  house  of  legislation,  with  some  sect  describing  it as  a  den  of  corruption.

The  Liberal Youth Association  are  alarmed  by  the  uncontrollable  partisanship  positions  expressed  by  persons  who are  clothed  with  oversight  responsibilities  of  our  governance  structure,  and  thus  they  categorically  state  that  parliament  do  not  need  partisan  approach in dealing with matters of this  nature.

 

 

 

Below is the full press release by the group

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

 

 

PARLIAMENT MUST PURGE ITSELF FROM BRIBERY ALLEGATIONS

The  last  few  weeks  have  been  quite  tough  for  some  members  of  parliament  and  the  entirety  of  the  august  house  over the  bribery  scandal.    The  unfolding  bribery  padding  scandal  rocking  the  House  of  Representatives  has  torn  the legislative  chamber  apart  and  into  a  boxing  arena  to  chagrin  of  the  citizenry.

 

The  report  of  the  Joe  Ghartey Committee has invited  fresh  attacks  from  the  public  on  the  national  house  of  legislation,  with  some  sect  describing  it as  a  den  of  corruption. We in  Liberal Youth Association  are  alarmed  by  the  uncontrollable  partisanship  positions  expressed  by  persons  who are  clothed  with  oversight  responsibilities  of  our  governance  structure,  and  thus  want  to  categorically  state  that  we do  not  need  partisan  approach in dealing with matters of this  nature.

 

The  scandal,  in  the  opinion  of  Liberal  Youth  Association,  has  given  fillip  to  a  consistent  claim  by  some  concerned Ghanaians, that some members of the legislative arm of government are corrupt and are not serving the interest of the masses.  For  us,  it  is  such  a  huge  issue,  because  parliament,  as  the  holder  of  legislative  power  and  as  part  of implementing  its  competencies,  undertakes  the  function  of  oversight  over  the  work  of  the  Government;  by implementing  this  function,  it  is  in  a  unique  position  to  examine  the  responsibility  of  holders  of  executive  power,  as well  as  the  why  they  manage  policies  and  spend  funds,  the  fundamental  values  of  our  society,  as  a  democratic system,  are  based  on  respect  for  human  and  minority  rights  and  freedoms  of  all  citizens,  and  the  principles  of division  of  power and rule of  law.

 

We  urgently  call  on  Speaker,  Prof.  Rev.  Mike  Ocquaye  and  leadership  of  the  house,  to  immediately  intervene  by demystifying  the  work  of  parliament,  particularly  the  committee  works  of  the  house.    We  are  of  the  strong  opinion that  making parliamentary committees works public either by making it accessible either by internet, direct access or by  traditional  media  would allay  public  fears  and  serve  as  a  means  for  constituents  to  track  the  works/performance  of their  representative(s).

 

We bemoan the partisan approach adopted by the political class and urge all those political extremists to  stop  the  one sidedness and think about the collective interest  of  mother Ghana. In  another  shocking  move  by  members  of  parliament;  where  they  went  on  rampage  and  verbally  assaulted themselves  under  camera;  we  are  still  wondering  why  the  speaker  of  parliament  is  mute  over  that  embarrassing incident  where some members of parliament were captured on clips throwing naked insults at each other.

 

We  think  that  those  at  high  places  playing  with  the  emotions  of  the  innocent  Ghanaian  should  have  a  rethink;  they should not  destroy what they cannot create. For  us  as  a  group,  we  think  that  the  cabal  of  parliament  today  is  worse  than  any  cabal  that  anybody  may  find  anywhere in  our  national  governance  system  at  any  time.  Some  members  of  parliament  pay  themselves  allowances  for  staff  and offices they do not  have or  maintain. Most of  them (MPs) conduct themselves and believe that they are  not  answerable  to  anybody.

 

They are  blatant  in  their misbehavior,  cavalier  in  their  misconduct  and  arrogant  in  the  misuse  of  parliamentary  immunity  as  a  shield  against reprisals  for  their  irresponsible  acts  of  malfeasance  and/or  outright  banditry. We  are  wondering  why  the  legislative  arm  of  government  had  chosen  not  to  be  transparent  with  some  of  their activities. Liberal  Youth  Association  wishes  to  condemn  roundly  the  gang  up  against  the  whistleblower  (Hon.  Mahama Ayariga),  particularly  when  he  attempted  to  put  out  his  concerns  about  the  committee’s  report  on  the  floor  of  the house. We  are  appealing  to  the  leadership  of  parliament  to  intervene  and  roll  out  policies  and  programs  that  would  purge  the house  of  corruption  because  Ghana  cannot  continue  to  live  with  the  impunity  and  corruption  of  parliament. Yes!,  we believe  that  something  can  and  should  be  done.

 

The  speaker  should  ride  on  the  crest  of  the  popularity  of  what happened  in  the  judiciary  to  set  up  a  highly  technical  team  of  incorruptible  investigators  to  look  into  the  so-called bribery  claims of  the  past  and  the  present  and  bring  culprits  to  book. Parliament  claimed  they  have  oversight  responsibility  for  their  corruption  and  misdemeanor  in  a  craze  ‘parliament  is master of  its  rules’.

 

It  is  like  asking  a  thief  to  watch  over  himself. Knowing  the  role  of  the  Executive,  the  Judiciary  and  the  Parliament  in  nation  building  and  in  combating  corruption globally  cannot  be  over-emphasized.  As  a  country,  we  are  progressively  being  destroyed  by  a  weapon  of  mass destruction  in  the  guise  of  “corruption”.  Notwithstanding  the  putting  in  place  of  legal  and  institutional  framework towards  tackling  corruption  in,  the  problem  remains  pervasive.  Corruption  in  Ghana  is  ubiquitous  in  all  its ramification  and  manifestation,  petty  as  well  as  grand,  in  business  transaction  so  also  in  the  country’s  political  life (including  during  elections),  in  the  private  sector  of  the  economy,  public  life  and  throughout  government bureaucracy.

 

Corruption’s toll on economic growth, poverty and job creation cannot ordinarily be overemphasized and  neither  can  the  extent  to  which  it  has  eroded  the  confidence  of  Ghanaians  in  the  state  institution  in  general  be overstated.  Corruption  in  Ghana  is  no  more  than  one,  the  many  daunting  challenges  the  country  is  facing  and  it  lays  at the  very  heart  of  its  economic  and  political  troubles.

 

At  every  important  level  therefore,  Ghana  political  economy remains driven primarily by the logic of clientelism and patronage. To  this  extent,  Liberal Youth Association  is  calling  on  all  to  put  aside  their  political  coloration  in  handling  matters  of this  nature.

 

 

Nii  Noi  Nortey (President)

Prince Kissi Yeboah (Media Liason   Officer)

 

Tel.: +233-560-111111.

Email: liberalyouthassociationgh@gmail.com

 

 

 

Daniel Koranteng Kwagyiri|ahotoronline.com|Ghana

 

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