Amidu charges 7th parliament not to be corrupt

Anti-corruption campaigner, Martin Amidu has charged Members of the 7th parliament to be diligent and honest in the discharge of their duty and not be corrupt as previous parliaments have been.

He said the MPs must not toe the line of the 5th and 6th parliament that passed laws and approved loans without due diligence.

In a statement, Matin Amidu charged the Majority leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu to support Ghana’s new President, Nana Akufo-Addo to pursue all past corruption practices.

“Happily, Hon. Mensah-Bonsu who is now the Majority Leader of the 7th Parliament, has the burdensome duty to help the President to pursued any past criminal infractions of the Constitution and laws of Ghana by investigating and dealing with them as the first step to demonstrating commitment to the anti-corruption agenda of the President and his Government, and of Parliament.

He added that, “the nation is looking forward to being assured by the pronouncements and actions of the President and Parliament that looters of whatever status will not be allowed to enjoy their booty freely in Dubai, Mauritius and other safe havens.”

Mr Amidu who alleged that some persons nominated to be vetted for various ministerial positions in 2011, paid bribes to MPs to approve their nominations said the New Patriotic Party majority in parliament must not allow itself to be compromised but be minded that its owes Ghanaians a duty to protect the purse as emphasized by President Akufo-Addo.

He urged the Speaker of Parliament to “uphold your status as a pastor of a renowned church and a worthy Spokesperson of God in ensuring that you do not preside over an extortionist and corrupt Parliament as we witnessed in the immediate past in this country in the name of democracy.”

He also revealed that there were attempts by some influential chiefs and elders to impress upon the government not to pursue past acts of corruption to promote “reconciliation”.

“…unconstitutional attempts are being made through influential chiefs and elders to let bygones be bygones contrary to the demands of the Constitution for accountability, transparency and fairness in governance. May the 7th Parliament and the President remember that even walls have ears and we hear the attempts at trying to compromise the President’s anti-corruption agenda in the name of reconciliation. The President’s anti-corruption drive will be still-born with such compromises and reconciliations,” he noted.

By: Jonas Nyabor/citifmonline.com/Ghana