General News of 2014-03-14

PPP: Ghana's Parliament has become too weak

The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) says Parliament has become too weak in the discharge of its duties which could likely threaten Ghana’s democracy.

This follows former Majority Leader, Alban Bagbin’s bribery allegations against some Members of Parliament (MPs) and recent reports that Parliament is cash strapped.

The Secretary General of the PPP, Kofi Asamoah Siaw, in an interview with Citi News said Parliament as an arm of government must be adequately resourced.

He explained saying, “we have the Executive sitting in Parliament, so the principle of checks and balances is being defeated.”

According to him, the PPP has long suspected that all was not well in Ghana’s Legislature and current developments have confirmed their suspicions regarding the “conduct of the Executive by the way they treat Parliament, the way Parliament has been under resourced, the way Parliament has not been effective as far as carrying out their oversight responsibility".

Mr. Asamoah-Siaw urged government to assist Parliament to enable MPs perform their roles properly and also curb possible bribery and corrupt practices among members.

Source: citifmonline.com
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