The Speaker’s Counsel, Magnus Kofi Amoatey, has debunked claims that the Speaker of Parliament travelled to Dubai with a large entourage.
According to him, those claims are false and designed to tarnish the hard-earned reputation of Alban Sumana Bagbin.
The Speaker, he said, is travelling with only four members of his staff. In a statement signed by Mr Kofi Amoatey on Monday, he said the Speaker, being mindful of the country’s economic situation, opted to travel with a comparatively skeletal staff.
He said this was part of the Speaker’s desire to protect the public purse by being frugal and spending prudently.
“Indeed, the Speaker has on a number of occasions stated openly and continues to maintain his position for Members of Parliament to help safeguard the public purse and so has been mindful of same in all his dealings as Speaker,” he said.
He added, “The office of the Speaker wishes to assure the general citizenry of its commitment to protecting the public purse at all times. Parliament is also committed to seeking the best interest of the people they represent and will continue to always do so.”
Meanwhile, he explained that the Speaker is entitled to routine medical checkups, “just like officials of the Executive and Judiciary of government.”
“It is trite knowledge that most staff of some Ministries, Departments, and Agencies also have similar facilities at their disposals and continue to take advantage of such arrangements to their benefit.”
The Speaker’s Counsel has advised against the politicisation of the health issues of the Speaker and that of other office bearers, “as anybody could be taken ill at any time.”
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