The Media Coalition on the Right to Information Bill (RTI) have accused Members of Parliament of deliberately frustrating the passage of the Bill, with the ruling New Patriotic Party’s KT Hammond and the opposition National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) Sam George leading the charge of frustrating the process.
In a statement issued a while ago by the coalition, they fingered the MPs for consistently absenting themselves each time the business of the Bill comes up, adding that 200 of them are always missing when they are supposed to attend to issues relating to the RTI.
They said ‘’It is on record that only between 30 and 50 MPs are in the chamber anytime the RTI Bill is up for cconsideration in the past two weeks’’.
The statement continued ‘’The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Adansi Asokwa, Kobina Tahiru Hammond, who has openly said that he is against the law has taken advantage of the situation to stop the House from cconsidering the Bill by raising the issue of quorum. He has found a strong ally in Samuel Nartey George, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Ningo-Prampram, who has also resorted to the quorum call to frustrate the consideration of the Bill.’’
They also argue that having petitioned the leadership of Parliament on the matter, they are surprised they have yet to receive any response from them, explaining that the attitude of the leadership is business as usual.
See the full statement of the coalition below.