Members of Parliament (MPs) in the Parliamentary Sub-Appropriation Committee No. 1 were in dilemma over the issue of investigating a certain government official who is presently being investigated by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC).
According to the MPs, it was arguable to investigate someone that is being investigated by the ACC especially so if the Parliament discovers one thing and the ACC discovered another thing.
Deliberating among themselves, the MPs resolved that they will not venture into probing the former Permanent Secretary at the Social Welfare Ministry since he is presently being investigated by the ACC.
It has been a topic of debate as to whether Parliament should entertain investigations on persons that are already before the ACC and some people hold the view that it should not be the case.
Apparently, the said official is having in his possession two official vehicles that he is yet to hand over while he faces suspension from his official duty.
Expressing caution over the issues, Hon. Claude D.M. Kamanda said that it will be ‘ironical’ for the Committee to reach at a contrary decision to that of the ACC and therefore ruled that the said official will continue with his ACC investigation separately after which he can be summoned to answer for questions bothering around his handling of state property which was in his possession.
“What will happen if the ACC comes out with an indicting investigation report, finding the Permanent Secretary wanting, and Parliament in its own report says they (as a Ministry ) have no case to answer, what kind of irony is that,” MP Kamanda asked his Committee members.
-Credit: The Trumpet Newspaper
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