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General News Sun, 4 Jun 2006

Hotel Kufuor Saga is not over ...

Minority not satisfied with CHRAJ report - Iddrisu

Takoradi June 4, GNA - Mr Haruna Iddrisu, Member of Parliament for Tamale South and National Youth Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Saturday said the minority in Parliament was not satisfied with the report of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) on the hotel Kufuor saga.


He said the minority would re-visit the saga in Parliament and call for a bi-partisan parliamentary inquiry into the matter.


Mr Iddrisu was inaugurating the Western Regional Youth Working Committee of the party and executive members of the Takoradi Polytechnic Chapter of the Tertiary Education Institution Network (TEIN) of the NDC in Takoradi.


He said President Kufuor could only clear himself of corruption in the hotel saga through a bi-partisan parliamentary inquiry adding that the way the saga was handled was an example of "the culture of impunity" of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

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He said President Kufuor's government was not committed to fighting corruption and does not have the political will to do so. Mr Iddrisu pointed out that only members of the NDC had been tried for corruption and no single member of the NPP has appeared before a court for corruption, saying all Ghanaians are equal before the law irrespective of their tribe, political affiliation and colour. Mr Iddrisu said the only way to fight corruption was to make it a risk activity and openly punish those found to be corrupt.


He said there were indications that the government would withdraw the Polytechnic Bill from Parliament due to inconsistencies in the Bill. Mr Iddrisu urged the government to come out with the composition of the cabinet that should include all regions and 10 percent female representation.


He said the minority would make representation to the United States President to review the districts earmarked to benefit from the Millennium Development Account.


Mr Iddrisu said 22 districts had been selected to benefit from the account and not a single district from the Upper West, Upper East and the Western Regions were selected as beneficiaries and proposed that two districts from each region should be selected to benefit from the account.

Source: GNA
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