- Former Parliament Finance Committee Chairman has stated that he received GHC100,000 from NLA
- NLA legal adviser requested that GHC150,000 be cleared to push bill through parliament
- NLA money paid to parliament has raised questions over why parliamentarians are receiving funds from institutions
Mr. James Avedzi Klutse, the former Member of Parliament for the Ketu North Constituency, has admitted that parliament's Select Committee on Finance received money from the National Lottery Authority (NLA) before they deliberated an act that would have ramifications on the NLA.
According to Mr. James Avedzi Klutse, who was the former Chairman of Parliament's Select Committee on Finance, his committee had initially received GHC 50,000, adding but that after it reviewed "the provisions, we realized that the amount was not sufficient so they promised to bring another GHC50,000."
These comments seem to be supported by e-mails intercepted by Joy FM, where the NLA's legal adviser, Mr. David Lamptey, writes to request that GHC100,000 be approved in order to "push" Parliament's Select Committee on Finance to consider the bill.
Mr. Lamptey later requests that an additional GHC50,000 be approved, again, to "push the bill for consideration by parliament".
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According to the NLA's legal advisor, the money was spent on accommodations for members of the committee during a NLA organized workshop held at the Royal Senchi Hotel, adding that some of the funds was used to "provide the committee the necessary resources they needed to be able to travel to the venue”.
However, Mr. David Lamptey has dismissed claims that the funds was a move by the NLA to bribe parliament so that the bill could be quickly rushed through parliament before it went into recess.
Furthermore, Mr. James Avedzi Klutse has admitted to receiving only GHC100,000 on behalf of his former committee, leaving a gaping GHC50,000 hole yet to be accounted for. He [Mr. Klutse] also contradicted the NLA's legal adviser by stating that the funds was used for parliamentarians' per diem/daily allowance.
Adversely, according to Parliament's Head of Public Affairs, Madam Kate Addo, Parliamentarians aren't supposed to receive funds from other institutions in order to facilitate the passage of law.
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