Cash for seat saga: Akufo-Addo's exoneration of Alan ridiculous - Muntaka

Cash for seat saga: Akufo-Addo's exoneration of Alan ridiculous - Muntaka

-Minority Chief Whip, Mohammed Muntaka has laughed off the exoneration of Mr Alan Kyerematen in the cash-for-seat scandal

-Alhaji Muntaka held the view that there was no proper investigation for such a decision

-The Minority Chief Whip made the statement while appearing before the five-member paraliamentary committee probing the matter on Thursday

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The Minority Chief Whip, Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, has described as ridiculous , President Nana Akufo-Addo's exoneration of the Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, in the matter involving his ministry's taking of monies from businessmen at an event it held.

President Nana Akufo-Addo
President Nana Akufo-Addo

His description comes from the fact, the presidency did not cause any investigations to be conducted into the matter and just went ahead to make conclusions.

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"It is ridiculous for the presidency to just listen to the minister and exonerate him", heard him say.

The Ministry of Trade and Industry has been accused of taking amounts ranging from $25,000-$100,000 from some expatriate businessmen who attended the Ghana Expatriate Business Awards (GEBA).

In what has come to be known as the 'Cash-for-seat' scandal, the ministry is said to have taken the monies with the promise of making the highest payers sit close to President Akufo-Addo.

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Not long after the news became public, President Akufo-Addo queried the sector minister, Alan Kyerematen to explain what had really transpired.

Alan Kyerematen
Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen

After their interaction at the Flagstaff House, the President, through the Minister of Information, Mustapha Hamid, exonerated the Trades Ministry of any wrongdoing

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But appearing before the five-member committee tasked by parliament to investigate the matter as monitored by on, the Minority Chief Whip laughed off President Akufo-Addo's decision.

Muntaka Mohammed
Minority Chief Whip, Mohammed Muntaka

According to him, the 1992 Consitution does not give the presidency any such investigative powers and it was unfathomable that the president would make a decision without referring the matter to the appropriate bodies for investigations.

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"The CHRAJ and Parliament have the powers to conduct investiagations but not the presidency", he told the committee, wondering what kind of investigations went into the president's exoneration.

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