Ford Gift Saga: Speaker Throws Out Motion Seeking To Impeach Mahama
The minority’s in parliament quest to initiate an impeachment proceedings against the president hit a snag as the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho dismissed a motion calling for the establishment of a bi-partisan committee to investigate President John Mahama for receiving a ford vehicle gift from a Burkinabe Contractor.
Dismissing the motion, the Speaker said he was forced to recall the House because it was mandatory but was at the same time dismissing the motion on the grounds that CHRAJ is the only mandated body to investigate matters of conflict of interest.
He further directed the clerk to return the motion to the member in whose name it stands per Standing Order 79 and adjourned the House sine dine.
“This House is bound by the interpretation of the Constitution by the Supreme Court. It is my view that CHRAJ is the institution vested with the exclusive authority to investigate the matter relating to the Ford gift.
“As speaker, I’m of firm belief that constitutional bodies must respect each other in order to avoid conflict.”
Meanwhile, the minority in Parliament have expressed their disappointment at the decision by describing it as “a slap in the face of democracy” and have vowed to pursue the matter as far as the constitution permits.