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Speaker to summon security officials over dawn raid on MPs homes

By
Benjamin Mensah, GNA

Accra, July 28, GNA –
Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, the Speaker of Parliament, on Friday gave an
assurance that he would invite the appropriate security officials to discuss
matters relating to the dawn raids of the homes of some members.

The Speaker’s
assurance comes at the back of an appeal by Alhaji Muntaka Mubarak, Chief Whip
of the Minority, calling on him to restrain the security personnel from raids
of homes of some MPs on the Minority Side, suspected to be linked to AMERI
power deal.

Mr Kobina Tahir
Hammond, MP for Adansi Asokwa, former Deputy Minister of Energy and Ranking
Member on Energy, has filed an urgent motion in Parliament to have the House
rescind the US$ 510 million Ameri power deal, alleging that the cost was
bloated.

A t least four
persons; Dr Kwabena Donkor, former Minister of Power, and current MP for Pru
East, his deputy Mr John Jinapor, MP for Kusawgu, Dr Dominic Ayine, former
Deputy Attorney General, and Mr Francis Dzata, the Technical Advisor to the
AMERI, have had their homes searched by warrant holding officers in recent
times. In some cases, the officers wielded weapons.

On Tuesday, Dr Donkor
had his laptops and pen drives seized by the officers when they went to the
residence with a search warrant. Mr Francis Dzata also had his laptops seized.

The latest were former
Deputy Attorney General, Dominic Ayine and the Ex-Deputy Power Minister John
Jinapor, whose houses were invaded on Friday.

It was against this
backdrop that the Minority Chief Whip, after the issue was not touched on the
proposed Business Statement for next week, raised the matter.

He observed that not
only members on the Minority Side, but every Member of Parliament is a law
abiding citizen and will not run away from any responsibility to assist the
state to do anything.

“But Mr Speaker, the
worry is the nature and manner the police is raiding the residence of Members
of Parliament at dawn when that citizen is not running, when the person has not
been served with a notice that he has been charged. This is a very worrying
situation.

“We on this side can
reassure not only the police but the whole state that every member on our side
is more than willing and ready to assist in any investigation that the
Government or the state wants to do but let’s do it in a manner that does not
create panic and frustration.

“The invitation of
these members on Monday when this House is sitting is an affront to the dignity
of this House and will impede the members’ ability to perform their functions.
It is with this that I want to humbly appeal to your good office to intervene
and assure the Police that we, and I believe every member of Parliament, will
be more than happy to assist in any form.”

Prof. Oquaye promised
to summon the appropriate officials to explain why some MPs were being
“harassed,” explaining that by law and the Standing Orders of Parliament MPs
must be treated with some level of decorum even when they are deemed to have
committed any offence.

Quoting portions of
the Standing Orders, he said MPs are not to be arrested on their way to
Parliament, whilst in Parliament or on their way out of Parliament.

“We will want to
ascertain whether the legal process was followed. I will, soon after sitting,
call the appropriate authority to my office and demand that honourable members
are handled appropriately, coterminous with their office as honourable
members.”

The Speaker must also
be informed before any such arrests are made.

The Majority Leader,
Osei Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu, concurred to the request by the Minority Chief Whip.

GNA

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