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29.01.2009 Politics

Minority Holds Press Conference

By ISD (Gilbert Ankrah)

The Minority in Parliament has described an action of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) transition team summoning the Auditor-General to submit a draft audit report on the [email protected] 50 as 'illegal.'

According to the Minority some of these actions amounted to 'utter and contemptuous disregard of the law, intimidation and violation of independent constitutional bodies.'

Speaking at a press conference in Parliament the minority led by its Leader, Mr Osei
Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, emphasised that the Auditor-General is required by law  to only submit reports, interim or final, to Parliament and by international best practices submit draft reports to the auditor for comments before the preparation of the final reports.

He pointed out that the Auditor -General under article 187(2) and 187(5) of the 1992 Constitution prepares reports on the public account of Ghana which he submits to
Parliament and not the transitional team, which is unknown to the constitution.

Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, said the actions of the Transition Team are a blatant
attempt to undermine the independence of a constitutional body.

He noted that even though the President has powers to request the Auditor-General to do some auditing, that power can only be exercised on the 'advice of the Council of State which is at the moment non-existent.'

Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu assured Ghanaians that the minority will remain firm and resolute in their determination decapitate the resurging culture of impunity in
the bid to protect and defend the constitution of the land by all legal means.