You’re part of government’s ‘problems’ – Gabby Otchere-Darko scolded
Following demands for his resignation from members of the Majority Caucus, the Minority has submitted a resolution of censure to remove the Finance Minister.
On Tuesday, a Parliamentary Committee met to examine the censure motion and, when needed, provided the Minister with an opportunity to respond.
Assertions of corruption and conflicts of interest were made against the Minister by witnesses on the minority side, including Haruna Iddrisu, the minority leader, and Cassiel Ato Forson, a member of parliament for the Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam constituency.
The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice is authorized to conduct such a probe, according to Gabby Otchere-Darko, who spoke on behalf of the Minister present at the committee meeting.
“Our issue is that, if you go to Article 284 of the Constitution, it says that, a public officer shall not put himself in a position where his personal interest conflicts or is likely to conflict with the function of his office.”
“If you combine that with Article 287 which says an allegation which contravenes or not complied with this chapter shall be made to CHRAJ. The relevant part is that, when a public officer is to face a charge or allegation or any ground of conflict of interest, it is CHRAJ that the constitution says must deal with it,” he argued.
Being Ken Ofori-Atta’s attorney, according to James Kwabena Bomfeh, also known as “Kabila” sends the wrong message.
He pointed out that Gabby is one of the factors contributing to the President and his government receiving a lot of negative press, so he should have refrained from standing in for the Minister.
” . . strategicwise, you shouldn’t have represented him (Ken Ofori-Atta) . . . So, what would have happened if a different lawyer had represented your brother? . . . It would have been better if you had let somebody else go in your stead because you, Gabby, although not part of the government but your name smells in all that is going on. You are part of the reasons why this government is being scolded,” he told host Kwami Sefa Kayi on Peace FM’s morning show “Kokrokoo”.