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If there is nothing to hide allow probe into cash-for-seat saga – Minority to Majority

The Minority in Parliament has challenged the Majority to support its call for a full-scale investigation into the alleged Trades Ministry extortion if there is nothing to hide.



The opposition lawmakers said the probe will bring out the facts and settle the doubts in the minds of Ghanaians on the matter.

Speaking to Evans Mensah on Joy FM’s Top Story Thursday, Deputy Minority leader, James Klutsey Avedzi said the president’s anti-corruption fight will be bolstered if nothing untoward was established.

An emergency Parliamentary sitting has been called on Friday, following a motion filed by Minority Chief Whip Muntaka Mubarak to consider the setting up of a committee to probe the alleged extortion of $100,000 from expatriates.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has already said evidence provided him on the matter showed Trades Minister Alan Kyerematen did nothing wrong.

But the Minority believes there is more to the scandal and has filed a motion for an emergency gathering of Members of Parliament (MPs) to discuss the matter.

Deputy Majority Chief Whip, Matthew Nyindam has described the action of the Minority as a complete waste of time.

“There is no need to waste anybody’s time. If you listen to the Trades Ministry they never denied but said this was done by a private entity,” he said.

He has asked the Minority to go to other institutions other than Parliament if they really want to get to the bottom of the matter. “Parliament has a lot of things to do,” he added.

But Mr Avedzi said the government will be the sole beneficiary if a probe is instituted into the matter and the Trades Minister cleared of any wrongdoing.

“We have a president who thinks that he is fighting corruption and this borders on corruption so we expect the majority to support the issue,” he said.

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