Ford Gift Saga: Parliament Sits Today

Parliament will resume sitting today Thursday September 1 in connection with the motion filed by the minority over President John Mahama’s acceptance of a Ford Expedition present from Burkinabe contractor Djibril Kanazoe, who was in turn awarded numerous contracts by the Government of Ghana.

The Speaker of parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, per Article 112, summoned the legislators who were on break and were expected to resume sitting at the end of the month.

A statement from parliament said the recall was also in accordance with Order 38(1) of the Standing Orders of parliament. The sitting on Thursday is at 10:00am.

Meanwhile, the Majority caucus in parliament has described the recall of legislators over the Ford gift saga as “unnecessary”.

Majority Leader Alban Bagbin described the motion filed by the Minority MPs as “most certainly a needless waste of scarce resources and precious time when Members of Parliament ought to be engaging their constituents”.

Mr Bagbin, who made these comments at a press conference in Accra on Wednesday, August 31, further accused the Minority of mischief. He indicated that nowhere did the motion the minority file talk about impeachment of the president, yet members of the NPP kept talking about impeachment from one media house to the other.

“Contrary to the claims being made by members of the minority and their surrogates in the media that the recall is to impeach President John Mahama, nowhere in their motion was there the remotest suggestion of impeachment of the president,” he stressed.