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Angry Minority chides Oquaye over unfair treatment

Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak

The Minority in Parliament has expressed disappointment over what they describe as unfair treatment meted out to them by the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye. Some have hinted of moves to impeach him as a result. According to the Minority, the speaker has consistently attempted to stifle them in the House and has been biased against them. The ...

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Gitmo Two deal laid before Parliament

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The agreement between Ghana and the United States on the resettlement of the two former Gitmo detainees in Ghana has been laid before Parliament. The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye, subsequently referred the agreement to Parliament’s Foreign Affairs committee for consideration. The two detainees, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, who were in detention for ...

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The Office of Special Prosecutor Bill is constitutionally sound [Article]

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There is this debate going on in the media about the Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill and I find it quite interesting that the argument being made suggests that the Attorney-General should have laid a constitutional instrument before Parliament instead of the Bill, which will eventually become an Act of Parliament. There is also the question of whether or ...

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Allow independent probe into NLA bribery allegations – CSOs to Parliament

Linda Ofori Kwafo, Executive Director of GII

Three anti-corruption civil groups; the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Centre for Democratic Development-Ghana and the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition have called for an independent probe into the bribery allegations made against the National Lotteries Authority (NLA) and members of Parliament’s Finance Committee. It emerged that the NLA spent about GHc 150,000 on allowances to members of the Finance Committee in the ...

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Some MPs want reversal or retaliation over US’ protocol visa

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Some Members of Ghana’s Parliament have not taken lightly the US Embassy’s clarifications on visa allocations to government officials, including MPs and former Presidents visiting the US unofficially. The MP for Tempane constituency and a Deputy Attorney General, Joseph Kpemka, has expressed fears this development could mar diplomatic relations between the Ghana and the US. In an interview with Citi News, he ...

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Parliament invites US Embassy over deportation of Ghanaians

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The Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament has invited the United States Embassy in Ghana over recent reports of deportation of some Ghanaians from the US. The two are expected to hold the meeting later today [Thursday, June 22, 2017]. It is reported that about 63 Ghanaian deportees arrived in Ghana last week from the US after authorities found them to be ...

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Sophia Akuffo’s vetting underway

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The vetting of Justice Sophia Akuffo for the position of Chief Justice is underway. Justice Akuffo will be the 13th Chief Justice in the history of the Republic of Ghana if passed, and she will be the second woman in that position. Notable members of the Judiciary are in attendance to observe, including Supreme Court Justices, Jones Dotse and William Atuguba. The ...

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Parliament must monitor public finances effectively – Nana Addo

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President Nana Akufo-Addo has bemoaned the inability of Parliament to exercise effective oversight over the Executive arm of government, stressing that Parliament should be able to exercise full authority over public finances. “I belong to the group that feels strongly that our Parliament should be able to exercise full authority over our public finances,” President Akufo-Addo said during a speech delivered at an ...

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Finance Minister to give ‘full disclosure’ on $2.25bn bond issue today

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Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta will later today [Wednesday], appear before Parliament to disclose the full details of the controversial $2.25 billion bond issued by the government in April 2017. This follows the passage of a half-hour motion last week by the House, to summon the minister to provide the full complement of documentation related to the issuance, the participants, the utilization ...

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Captain Mahama’s family requests monument in his honour

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The family of the late Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama, has requested that a monument is built in honour of the army officer, whose murder shocked the country. Captain Mahama’s family made the request known during a courtesy call by the leadership of Parliament, where it expressed the hope that this monument would serve as a reminder of the tragedy and a ...

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