Parliament adjourns early after standing down Private Members’ Motions

Parliament adjourned early on Thursday morning due to leadership’s resolve to stand down four Private Members’ Motions for further consultations and deliberation.

The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu; Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka, Mahama Ayariga, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Alhassan Suhiyini and James Agalga were calling on the House to investigate the inappropriate interferences of state security agencies in the 2020 Parliamentary and Presidential elections and the violence that caused the death of seven people.

They were also demanding investigations into the recruitment practices of state security agencies between the period 2013 and 2020 and to establish the levels of transparency and fairness of those practices and to make consequential recommendations.

The Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin; Frank Annor-Dompreh, Samuel Atta Akyea and Osei Bonsu Amoah also filed Private Members’ Motions for the House to investigate alleged interferences by some members of the security agencies and vigilante groups during and after the 1993 Presidential and general elections which led to injuries and loss of lives.

The Members similarly filed for the investigation of the ethnic, gender and other sectional backgrounds of persons recruited into the security forces since January 1993 to establish the level of ethnic, regional and gender balance in the recruitment and appointment of such public offices, and make appropriate recommendations.

Majority Leader Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu said Leadership had decided to have further consultations for appropriate harmonisation of the motions in order to carry the entire House along.

He believed the issues contained in the motions are germane, therefore the need to have a common approach to see how to crack in the motions.

Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu noted that they have engaged with the Majority Leader and will collectively work to enhance the theme and the text in order to have a better appreciation of the motion.

He was of the view that there was the need to probe the deaths of the December 7, 2020, polls as well as other security excesses and infractions that happened in all past Presidential and Parliamentary elections and therefore acquiesced the deferment of the motions.

Earlier, the Majority Leader laid the Annual Report of the Ministry of National Security for the year ended 31st December 2019, on behalf of the National Security Minister.

He also laid the request for waiver of import duties, import VAT/GETFund Levy, Import NHIL, ECOWAS Levy, EXIM Levy, Special Import levy amounting to Ghana cedi equivalent of five hundred and twenty seven thousand, six hundred and eighty-five United States dollars and seventy-nine cents (US$527,685.79) on behalf of the Minister for Finance.

The tax waivers are on materials and equipment to be procured under the Support Agreement between the Government of Ghana, Cascade Development Company Limited and the Gold Coast Resorts International Limited to redevelop the Accra Racecourse to include a five star hotel, shopping mall, office and residential buildings.

The Second Deputy Speaker, Hon. Andrew Asiamah Amoako, who was presiding, subsequently adjourned the House to Friday May 28, 2021 after which the Members proceeded to a joint caucus meeting.

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