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Ofori-Atta to appear before censure committee today

The Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, is expected to appear before the eight-member ad-hoc committee of Parliament probing a censure motion against him today, Friday.

The Minority in Parliament filed a motion for a vote of censure against Ken Ofori-Atta making seven allegations against the minister including conflict of interest, financial recklessness leading to the collapse of the Ghana Cedi and gross mismanagement of the economy.

The minister in a written request, prior to the hearing, sought further and better particulars on the grounds for the motion while raising questions over the committee’s jurisdiction.

After the first day of the hearing, where the Minority explained the basis for the censure, the legal counsel for the under-fire Minister, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, told the Committee that his client will be ready with the responses today.

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, set up the ad-hoc committee on November 10 to probe the motion.

The committee on Tuesday heard from the Minority, represented by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu and, Minority Spokesperson on Finance, Cassiel Ato Forson, who are the proponents of the motion.

This was followed by the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) and the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) appearing before the committee on Thursday.

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