August 19, 2013

The Public Accounts Committee of Parliament (PAC) says it has no intention of using the Committee’s public hearing to vilify any government.

Ahead of the Committee’s public hearing on Monday, President John Mahama has cautioned that the hearings should not be used to tarnish the image of any ruling government.

President Mahama urged the committee to come up with concrete recommendations that will help improve governance.

But speaking to Citi News, Vice Chairman of the Committee and MP for Abuakwa South, Samuel Atta-Kyea noted that some of the issues before them have political implications.

“I agree with him [President Mahama] 100%. I do not believe in destruction of anybody’s reputation if there is no basis for it but when the issue should touch on for instance the Attorney General in the CP matter, then of necessity, those issues will come up.”

He advised all the public officials who will appear before the committee not to take this personal explaining that “most of the matters that are discussed at the Public Accounts Committee are not personal in nature. You are in a public office and certain things you have done or ought to have done…are being interrogated, I don’t think they should take it personal.”

Mr. Atta-Kyea gave the assurance that the committee will in no way vilify any individual who appears before them “for political advantage…but if the issue is political, then what can you do? You need to look at it.”