September 12, 2017

A member of the Public Account Committee (PAC) and Member of Parliament (MP) for Nanton Mohammed Hardi Tuferu said the committee cannot cause the arrest of public officers who misappropriate public funds and appear before the committee, unless there is enactment of law to that effect.

Ghanaians want to see a police, attach to the committee who will effect immediate arrest of those found to have misappropriated public funds, he said.

That is not the way the law works, for us we do not arrest or prosecute, what we do is to bring issues that the Auditor General raised, officers’ attention are drawn to it andare allowed to pay back with interest, he said.

“If this is what we want and think will with good governance, we should make the appropriate recommendation for a constitutional review in that direction”.

According to the Nanton legislature, until we make such a change, “our work is limited, we only make recommendation for recovery of funds”, he lamented.

“Laws are there to ensure prudent financial management to serve as a deterrent, but unfortunately the problems keep occurring as human institutions we should expect this, we were thinking that judging from what happened in the sixth Parliament we will have less work but the work before us is a lot”, he added.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/