North Tongu MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa claims that if Ken Ofori-Atta had been a member of the National Democratic Congress, he would have rotted in prison (NDC).
He was responding to a resolution by the Minority in Parliament to remove Mr. Ofori-Atta due to the financial crisis when he spoke to Nana Jantuah of Nhyira FM on Kuro Yi mu Nsem.
In addition, he claimed that in violation of Article 176 of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution, the Minister had transferred $100 million from Ghana’s oil fund into an offshore account.
“One of the grounds listed that Ofori-Atta should be removed from office is that he has diverted at least one hundred million dollars of our oil fund into an offshore account in violation of article 176 of the 1992 constitution. “We do not know what he is doing with those oil funds, who are the signatories to those accounts and why he has engaged in that diversion.
When you read the latest PIAC report, PIAC has indicted him. What business does Ofori-Atta have in diverting $100 million dollars?” he quizzed. Mr Ablakwa added the Attorney-General who should be initiating the prosecution of the Finance Minister is a colleague cabinet minister which makes it difficult to start the process.
He believes the 1992 constitution should be amended to have an independent prosecution entity without any political affiliation. “Why should the Attorney General be a cabinet minister under the same government? Why can’t we have just an independent prosecution entity? That’s why fighting corruption under this 1992 constitution has been fighting the corruption of my opponent and it is not about fighting current corruption,” he said.
The Special Prosecutor would have been the greatest choice, according to the North Tongu MP, but the office has fallen short of expectations.
According to him, the creation of the Office of the Special Prosecutor has been a fiasco and is more like costing the public money.
We were all thrilled that we now have a self-sufficient individual with a no-nonsense demeanor who will not be swayed by the current political climate.
But let’s be honest, he complained, “I think that office is still just a matter of costing the state money.