December 16, 2022

As Parliament approves the budget estimates of 2023 for the various Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu has called on the Speaker not to allow the Majority Chief Whip to lay report for the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) and the Judiciary for approval.

He said Mr. Kissi Agyebeng the Special Prosecutor’s condition of service has not been determined and has not been paid for the past sixteen (16) months, whiles some appointment has been made without the knowledge of the board.

“We will not allow any report to be laid here, your commitment to fighting corruption begins with your attitude towards an independent body like the OSP who has been denied salary; and can any of you live without salary if you are not paid. But you expect him to combat corruption, what do you expect from him in the fight?”

And further strengthen his argument that the Judiciary made a request to the president but their request has not been met. “Nobody will lay a report with respect to the judiciary here, unless they have a formal correspondent from the president in accordance with article 179”, he stated.

“Majority whip take note, no one should come and lay anything for the judiciary in the name of the Chief Justice until, we know how much was the request made to the president by the chief justice and the judiciary, how much of it has been granted by the president”.

And on the OSP until they have assurances that he will be paid his arrears and person recruited we will scrutinize them to know when they were recruited; whether they were there as a board approval in that regard. “Who asked who to go home, and who ask who to come; then you can lay the report so stay away from the budget of the OSP and the Judiciary”, he stated.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/