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Your defense of Addison committee disappointing, Ato Forson tells AG



The Finance Spokesperson for the Minority in Parliament, Cassiel Ato Forson, has slammed the Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo, for defending the Addison Committee’s trip to Dubai, describing it as disappointing.

According to Ato Forson, the AG’s response to issues of conflict of interest in the committee’s investigation of the Ameri Energy deal cannot exonorate the committee of wrongdoing.

It would be recalled that the Attorney General had defended the committee and absolving it of blame for accepting an offer by the company the committee was investigating to pay for their Dubai trip, describing it as the sensible to do in the circumstances.

However, the Minority MP said: “Inasmuch as it is considered that she does not have all the facts, she gave a caveat cleverly saying that she is not aware they were served, so based on that, she cannot conclude and provide an opinion, and I am putting to it to her that clearly the Ameri matter is a complete conflict of interest.

“How can a Ministerial Committee which is a public body tasked to investigate a deal that you claim there was a wrong doing, accept gifts and hospitality? To the extent that it was material and they failed to make the public aware, that is my concern. Are you telling me a public body should accept gifts and hospitality from the very person that you are going to investigate, and the Attorney General says she sees nothing wrong with it?”, he querried.

The Minority in Parliament had alleged that the committee was involved in conflict of interest and has threatened to approach the Commission for Rights and Administrative Justice, CHRAJ, with a petition on the matter.

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