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“Parliament sought to weaken CHRAJ’s integrity in Ayariga case”

March 5, 2010

The General Secretary of the People’s National Convention, Mr Bernard Mornah, is accusing parliament of seeking to weaken people’s confidence in other institutions of governance.

Issue

  • What is the credibility of CHRAJ, and was the action of Parliament not exactly an indication that CHRAJ may not be so independent and objective in its findings?

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He said the step parliament took after Mahama Ayariga had been cleared by CHRAJ in connection with his alleged abuse of office to acquire tractors, was a dangerous one.

This follows CHRAJ’S release of details about how some 54 members of parliament from across the political divide, ministers and some public officials benefited from the tractor facility at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA).

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) cleared the Deputy Trade and Industry Minister-designate of any wrong doing in his purchase of five tractors from the Agric Ministry prior to his vetting last month, because it could not find adverse facts against him.

But parliament stalled Mr Ayariga’s approval so the house could investigate the issue again.

A member of the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 told Joy News that the committee had verified the authenticity of the document Ayariga presented in his own defence.

It was in view of this that Mr Mornah made his statement.

He was speaking on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana programme Wednesday.

According to him, parliament’s reaction to news on the Trade minister designate’s clearance sought to stampede CHRAJ as a state institution.

He questioned why a politician cannot benefit from the facility that enables all Ghanaians [including politicians] to acquire tractors.

The PNC general secretary urged the MoFA to ensure that the tractors get to the farmers as intended and not for other purposes so that the purpose of setting up that facility is not defeated.

He expressed hope that what happened to Mahama Ayariga does not affect his work when he is finally given the nod to become the Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry.

Listen to the attached audio for more

By: Dorcas Efe Mensah/Myjoyonline.com/Ghana

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