Parliament has granted a one week extension of time to the five-member Adhoc Committee probing the alleged cash for seat saga to submit its report for consideration.
The extension was granted by the leadership of the House following a request tabled by the Committee.
“Mr. Speaker, leadership is informed that the Committee has not been able to conclude their public sittings on the matter and wants an extension of time to finish the inquiry. Leadership has accordingly agreed to the request and granted them one more week.
In the event, the Committee is requires to submit their report not later than Wednesday, January 31, 2018″, the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu announced on the floor during Tuesday’s sitting.
The Committee was expected to submit its report to the plenary for consideration and adoption, Wednesday, January 24, 2018. Kasapafmonline.com is reliably informed that the request for extension of time was spurred by the failure of the expatriates business community that graced the Ghana Expatriate Business Awards late last year.
The expatriates on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 failed to appear before the Committee chaired by Hon. Kwesi Ameyaw Cheremeh for questioning.
No reason was assigned to their action. At least some twenty representatives from the various expatriate businesses were expected to appear before the Committee to assist with investigations into the alleged cash for seat saga.
Chairman of the Committee in a brief remarks prior to adjourning the sitting promised to re-engage the expatriates for a new date for the hearing.
Sources close to the Committee say the extension of time will afford the Committee to re-engage some of the expatriate businesses that attended the Ghana Expatriates Business Award.
On January 5, 2018, the Minority Chief Whip moved a motion at an emergency Parliamentary sitting calling on the House to investigate the alleged levies collected by the Ministry of Trade and Industry from the expatriates.