The eight-member ad hoc Committee tasked to investigate the censure motion against the beleaguered Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta is expected to today hear the Minister’s response to the allegations levelled against him.
Seven allegations have currently been tabled against the minister spanning from conflict of interest, financial recklessness leading to the collapse of the Ghana Cedi and gross mismanagement of the economy. The Minority caucus that seeks the exit of the minister is pushing for a vote of censure against the Minister.
Already, Counsel for the Minister Gabby Asare Otchere Darko has questioned the mandate of the ad-hoc committee set up by the Speaker of Parliament Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin and also requested documents on the grounds of the motion prior to the committee sitting.
MPs from the Minority caucus have made clear the reasons why they want the minister sacked during the first sitting of the committee and the lawyer for the Minister has assured the committee that by Friday 18th November 2022 the Minister will be ready to respond to the allegations levelled against him.
Proponents of the motion to get the Minister out of office, Minority leader Haruna Iddrissu and Dr Cassiel Ato Forson, the Minority spokesperson on Finance met the committee on Tuesday 14th November 2022.
The committee also on Thursday 17th November 2022 heard key agencies at the centre of this controversy, the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) and the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC).