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07.07.2006 Politics

Parliament Amends Whistle Blower Bill To Include Office Of The President

By CITY NEWS
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After a heated debate in Parliament on Thursday, Legislators amended Clause 3 Sub-Clause 1 of the controversial Whistle Blower Bill to include the Office of the President, as part of the list of institutions and offices that could receive complaints from whistle blowers on corruption.

The amendment was proposed by the MP for Tamale South, Hon. Harunna Iddrisu, who argued that the Presidency ought to be seen as championing the fight against graft in line with President Kufour's self-declared Zero Tolerance for Corruption Policy.

Ironically, leading members of the Majority, especially those in government opposed the inclusion of the Office of the President.

They argued that the move could expose the Presidency to serious ridicule. This notwithstanding, the amendment was carried by the House.

However, the Deputy Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Hon. Osei Kwame Prempeh, said he would fight for the repeal of the amended section, come the third reading of the bill.

The Deputy Attorney General in an interview with CITI NEWS said that he is convinced the move is unconstitutional.

He argued that if the amended clause is made to stand and the bill eventually gets passed into law, there might be constitutional crisis.

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