Investigate Black Stars - Minority Charges Parliament

The Minority in Parliament has filed a motion requesting Parliament to set up a bipartisan committee to investigate events surrounding Ghana’s participation in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It said members have no confidence in the proposed committee to be set up by the President to examine what went wrong in Brazil because he failed to enforce recommendations by a similar committee set up to investigate the controversy surrounding Ghana’s participation in the All Africa Games in Maputo and other committees of enquiry. The motion which was signed and filed by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Atwima Mponua in the Ashanti Region, Isaac Kwame Asiamah, also aims at helping Parliament to unravel what led to the abysmal performance of the team. “That this Honourable House sets up a bipartisan Parliamentary Committee of Enquiry to investigate events and activities before, during and after Ghana’s preparation and participation in Brazil 2014…,” the motion addressed to the Speaker of Parliament reads. This committee, Majority Leader, Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, added is to be different from that of the President who article 258 of the 1992 constitution grants him the opportunity to establish an inter-ministerial committee of enquiry to go into anomalies. The Ranking member on the Youth and Sports Committee, addressing a news conference in Parliament yesterday said even though the Maputo committee and GYEEDA exposed “managerial incompetence, institutional corruption and organizational rot” government failed to act on them. “It has become obvious to Ghanaians that this government always hide behind the cover of committee to squander public fund with impunity,” Mr. Asiamah charged. “This clearly shows that we have a president who is indecisive, inexperience and always plays to the gallery.” Minority Leader, Osei- Kyei Mensah- Bonsu also questioned the rationale behind the reshuffling of the Minister of Youth and Sports and his deputy. He said the reshuffle is a testimony of the incompetence of the ministers and wondered why they were not asked to step aside while a committee investigates their roles. He was more worried that reassigning people who have been deemed to be incompetent, will certainly affect the areas they have been sent to. “It can only be justified in Ghana’s governance” he said. The Minority wants the committee to be set up by Parliament to answer 14 questions including the number of officials sent there and how much was paid to each.