- Madam Kate Addo is Parliament's director of Public Affairs
- She says the law applies to all regardless of someone's rank, position and affiliation
- She says the Speaker is keen on getting to the bottom of the visa fraud accusations
Madam Kate Addo, the Acting Director of Public Affairs at the Parliament of Ghana, has said the Speaker of Parliament is keen on investigating, and bringing the law to bear on all persons implicated in the UK government’s visa fraud allegations if need be.
According to the Madam Kate Addo, the laws of Ghana apply to all irrespective of their position, rank, or party affiliation.
Speaking to the media, she iterated that the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye, was keen on upholding parliament’s reputation and thus pledged to get to the bottom of the issue and instil the proper penalties.
“The laws are clear on these issues and the law is no respecter of a particular person so whoever has anything against anybody whether they are a Member of Parliament or not, once it is legitimate, the law can take its course and that’s what the Speaker indicated…he’s indicated that he is not going to take lightly any Member of Parliament bringing the name of Parliament into disrepute”, she said.
Madam Addo added that since he received the letter from the British government through the UK High commissioner, Professor Mike Oquaye has since been in touch with those parliamentarians implicated in order to ascertain their sides of the story.
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“He has spoken to all the members that were mentioned, there’s one former member and three sitting members, Mr Speaker has spoken to all of them, he has tried to find out their side of the story, he has tried to see what resolutions can be brought to the matter."
According High Commissioner Jon Benjamin’s letter to the Speaker of Parliament, the British government has fingered four parliamentarians – three sitting, and one former – as having breached the UK’s visa regulations. The letter further stated that the UK government will instil a 10 year visa ban on all involved due to their infractions.
One of the four involved, Hon. Richard Acheampong, MP for Bia East, has sought legal counsel in order to address the accusations levelled against him. The other three involved are Joseph Benhazin Dahah, MP for Asutifi, Johnson Kwaku Adu, MP for Ahafo Ano South, and George Boakye, former MP for Asunafo South.
First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Joe Osei Owusu, has recently condemned what he referred to as the UK High Commissioner’s modus operandi, saying that it lacked “decency and propriety”.