More condemnation has come the way of the Phillip Addison Committee saddled with the investigation of the Ameri Energy deal despite efforts by the Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo, to justify its Ameri Energy sponsored trip to Dubai.
The latest condemnation is coming from a former Executive Director of the Ghana Integrity Initiative, Vitus Azeem, who faulted the committee for accepting the company’s offer.
It would be recalled that the Minority in Parliament had alleged that the committee’s air ticket, accommodation and honorarium were sponsored by the company for the Dubai trip to meet with representatives of the company.
The Minister of Information, Mustapha Hamid, was also reported to have admitted that the Addison Committee’s trip to Dubai to investigate the deal was sponsored by Ameri.
However, Vitus Azeem, while speaking on Eyewitness News, insisted that the committee should have rejected the offer, since it had the tendency of compromising its investigative work.
“You are not obliged, but you must turn them down because they will compromise whatever you want to do. What is the reason for those people to offer those things to you?. Even if you can carry out the investigation in a very professional way, what impression are you creating out there?. They say if you live in a glass house, don’t throw stones so no matter how professional you will be in your investigations, no matter how you come out with the findings, there are some people in the society who will say you have compromised your position and I think that people should know this.”
“This is not the first time this happened. Some parliamentarians have traveled to the same continent and have come back with watches and other things and it was condemned so why should these people do the same thing when this happened and was condemned before.? How do they expect Ghanaians to accept the findings they come out with”, asked.