Merbank, Fortiz controversy in Parliament: Speaker to rule in an hour

The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho has given a one hour break to return with a verdict on a motion filed by 80 Minority Members of Parliament demanding an investigation into the controversial sale of Merchant Bank to Equity fund, Fortiz.

The motion led to members being recalled from holidays and an emergency sitting fixed for Monday.

Members of the Majority who were manifestly angered by the recall vowed to shoot down the motion with a fierce argument and they did just that, Joy News’ Parliamentary Correspondent Elton John Brobbey reported.

Led by the Majority Leader, Benjamin Kunbuor and the Deputy Attorney General Dominic Ayine, MP for Bolga East, the majority argued any decision by the House to investigate the Fortiz deal will amount to a usurpation of the powers of the Judiciary.

They claimed the issue is already being dealt with at the courts, and Parliament cannot intervene.

But the Minority, led by Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu and the former Attorney General Paapa Owusu Ankomah argued that, Parliament as representatives of the people had every right to investigate any matter that is of significance to the people.

They insisted the matter currently before the court is whether Andrew Awuni had the right to sue, adding, Parliament can go ahead with its investigations.

Joy News’ Parliamentary correspondent Elton John Brobbey reported the Speaker as saying a verdict will be given after a one hour break.

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