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Parliament can't stop corruption- MP

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The Honorable Member of Parliament for the Atwima-Mponua constituency and a leading member of the Public Accounts Committee of Ghana's Parliament, Mr Isaac Asiamah has noted that Parliament by its make-up cannot stop the acts of corruption being perpetrated in the various arms of Government. He said Parliament is enjoined to put a check on the works of the Executive; which is why provisions have been made for the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to call for accountability on how state funds are used by the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs). Recommendations are made after such hearings, some of which include sanctions against public officials. However, over the years, the implementation of the sanctions has not been effective, giving cause for public concern. Many have therefore called on Parliament to strengthen its oversight role over the Executive. Asiamah noted that, making recommendations to the Executive is just how far Parliament can go in terms of checking corruption, emphasizing that whatever is done with the report does not really concern the Legislature. According to Asiamah, Parliament cannot stop corruption in the country since it has no powers of prosecution. In an exclusive interview with Spy News Agency's Clement Akoloh shortly after the PAC had completed its first 10 days sitting in 2016, Asiamah noted that it is the responsibility of the other Arms of government to ensure that the Committee's recommendations are implemented. Members of the Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday ended a ten day public hearing on the Auditor General’s Reports on the public accounts of Ghana’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies for the years ended 31st December 2011, 2012, 2013 during which various infractions of the Country’s financial administration regulations were recorded. In the interview, Asiamah gave his honest impressions about the whole meeting and also a solution as to how some of the challenges could be overcome. He called for the involvement of Civil Society Organizations in the workings of the Committee so as to effectively fight corruption in every sector of the economy. Source: Clement Akoloh and Jeorge Wilson Kingson || www.spynyewsagency.com