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Ghana: Minority condemns raid on Hon Dr. Kwabena Donkor’s residence

The Minority in Parliament has  condemned  in  strong terms the  raiding the private residence of Hon Dr. Kwabena Donkor , former minister for Power by personnel of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) without cause to due process of the law pertaining to sitting members of Parliament.

According to them the “dastardly act” is shameful , unacceptable and amounts to contempt of Parliament under article 122 of the Constitution.

The minority in a press statement signed by its leader Hon. Haruna Iddrisu described the raid as a breach of privilege” and undermines the ability of the Honourable Member of Parliament to perform his legitimate duties and by extension negate the work of Parliament.

“The dawn raid on the residence of Hon Kwabena Donkor has nothing to do with the Ameri project. After all, Government itself has publicly claimed just recently that it has in its possession all relevant documents in respect of the Ameri project following the establishment of the Phillip Addison committee.

The invasion of Hon Donkor’s residence signals the era of a calculated programme to harass and intimidate vociferous members of the minority and stifle the progress of our democratic process,” the statement said .

The statement noted that the Minority is willing and ready to cooperate with Government and its agencies to investigate any claim of malfeasance pursuant to proper due process adding that they abhor the use of crude tactics only intended to instil fear and terror amongst our members.

It added that available records from Parliament will attest to the fact that, the Ameri agreement which was submitted to the august house for approval was considered by the relevant committee and approved unanimously on the floor.

Some four officers of the Ciminal and Investigative Department  (CID) of the Ghana Police Service led by an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) on Monday dawn made their way into the Spintex residence of the former Power  Minister and current Member of Parliament (MP) for Pru East.

The personnel of the CID entered the private residence of the former Power Minister, who is being investigated for willfully causing financial loss to the state regarding the AMERI deal, while he was still asleep.

A search conducted by the CID officials in the house resulted in the seizure of four pen drives and a laptop belonging to the former Power Minister.

Source: Gily Sparks | parliamentafrica.com 

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