Ghana’s Parliamentary Service Board has declared that the former speaker of parliament Mr. Sakyi Hughes was wrong in taking away the household items from his official residence upon the completion of his tenure.
This was contained in a press release signed by the Public Affairs Director of Parliament.
However, by what the former speaker’s lawyer who is a member of the current parliament and the same NPP party for whom the ex speaker served is saying, the ex speaker did not find anything wrong about his actions.
According to the lawyer, the speaker was just claiming his bonafide right. He therefore faults the PSB for saying that his action was illegal. According to the lawyer only a court could declare an action illegal and for that matter the PSB has constituted itself into a court which is wrong.
He also defends the legitimacy of the ex speaker’s actions by saying that he took the items away in the presence of some police officers who even helped in removing the items. To him the presence of those police officers rendered the ex speakers action legal.
He says the former speaker was ready at the moment he was talking to return the items to the residence.
Most people cannot understand why the ex speaker who has been a lawyer for a long time before his elevation to the office should still want to take away household items from government residence allocated to him. It only reveals or affirms the greed with which people aspires for political office. They only want to enrich themselves at the expense of the state.
If the question of legality is removed, on grounds of morality, most citizens agree that the action is wrong and shameful and will forever constitute a black spot in the former speaker’s reputation.
Only time will tell if he will completely purge himself of that shame.