October 10, 2016

Members of Parliament are expected to return to the House to undertake their legislative duties on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 after two months of being on recess.

During the sitting, priority will only be given to government programmes that need urgent attention.

The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho in August summoned MPs over a motion championed by the minority to have President Mahama investigated for receiving a $100,000 Ford Expedition from a Burkinabe contractor.

Meanwhile, the motion was dismissed by the Speaker after the first sitting saying the right body to investigate the matter was the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).

“Ordinarily, having regard to standing order 79(4), I would have returned the motion to the member in whose name it stands as being inadmissible.

But the motion was tied contemporaneously to the request for the recall of the house under standing order 38(1) which derives from article 123 of the constitution and therefore leaves me with no discretion in recalling the house. Standing order 79(4) also provides as follows: Every notice shall be submitted to Mr. Speaker who shall direct that it be printed in its original terms or with such amendments as he shall direct or that it be returned to the member submitting it as being inadmissible. I am therefore unable to admit this motion. I hereby direct the clerk to return the motion to the member in whose name it stands in line with standing order 79 (4),” Doe Adjaho added.