A three –day sitting of the Public Accounts Committee ended successfully Thursday with several Municipal and District Chief Executives answering questions from the Committee on how they have been spending monies from the public purse.
The sittings which took place at the Prempeh Assembly Hall in Kumasi saw Municipal and District chief Executives from the Brong Ahafo and Ashanti regions being bombarded with questions mainly of their accounts between the years ending December, 2001 and 2004.
Most of the M/DCEs sought to evade blame saying that they were not in a position to answer certain questions because those transactions for which they were being queried had been made before they came into office.
Chairman for the Public Accounts Committee, Hon. Kan Dapaah pressed them to desist from using that as an excuse, saying that there was no such thing as “bygones” when it comes to government money, and urged the M/DCEs to endeavour to hold past executives accountable for their actions.
He further urged them not to see the exercise as one aimed at victimizing anyone but as one that facilitates their knowledge of the nation’s financial laws.
Mr. Jones Kugblenu, Director of the Public Affairs Directorate of Parliament told focus news after the sitting that according to new regulations aimed at enhancing accountability, no district assembly would receive its common fund until all audit queries have been duly answered.
Students’ Parliamentarians from the KNUST students’ Parliament were also bussed to the venue to witness the proceedings.
Speaker of the KNUST students’ Parliament in a separate interview with focus news extended his appreciation to the public Affairs Directorate for the numerous attempts being made to inculcate the tenets of parliamentary democracy into the youth of Ghana.
The Public Accounts committee stops next at Tamale to demand accountability from Chief Executives of the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies within the three northern regions.