A former Commissioner for the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHARJ), Justice Emile Short has called for an independent investigative body to look in all allegations of bribery against Members of Parliament (MPs)
This follows a driective by the Speaker of Parliament Professor Mike Oquaye to the leadership of the House, on Friday to within one week come up with approach towards dealing with alleged bribery claims against Parliament Committees’ sittings outside the capital.
Justice Emile Short who said this in an interview with parliamentafrica.com disagreed with the directive by the Speaker adding that it is not the panacea to the allegations of corruption that have rocked the house.
“I think an investigative body outside of Parliament should be set up to look into all the past allegations. For example in the past we had honourable Bagbin alleging that MPs take bribe. Then Martin Amidu made a long statement about bribery in Parliament,” he said .
“I don’t know whether they are going on a retreat but I do not see what purpose this will serve. I do not see how this will generate public confidence in the integrity of Parliament,” he added.
He noted that many People are not happy with the way these allegations in the past have been dealt with hence the need for an indeoendent probe into all allegations against the House.
Some three anti-corruption civil groups; the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Centre for Democratic Development-Ghana and the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition have aslo added their voice to the call for an independent probe into the bribery allegations involving the NLA and members of Parliament’s Finance Committee when the scandal broke.
Soure: Gily Sparks | parliamentafrica.com