Finance Minister’s appearance in Parliament was to just satisfy a political demand — Kwaku Kwarteng
The Member of Parliament for Obuasi West, Kweku Kwarteng believes the minority’s request for the Finance Minister to account for the covid expenditure was a mere political gimmick.
He said the Minority’s request was to make a political farce out of it and not in the interest of public management of finance.
Joining the discussion on Joy News’ ‘AM Show’ the MP, who doubles as the Chairman of the Finance Committee in Parliament indicated that despite the presence of the Finance Minister in Parliament was unnecessary, he was happy that the Minister honoured the queries.
“I was very happy he came because numbers are tight in parliament. One side says we want something and even if it is illegitimate if it is not allowed it stalls business. So for me, the Finance Ministers’ appearance was rather to satisfy a political demand rather than pure public financial management need. That is my broad comment on this,” he intimated.
According to him, asking the sector minister to account for how the monies were spent would mean going round MMDAs to request every single receipt on monies spent which is obviously the work of auditors.
“If you want to look at how the monies were spent and whether they were spent right and you ask the Minister to come to parliament and you probably were going to ask him if he did a good job, he has to go round all the MMDAs and collect the receipts, the check transfers, the bank accounts because when the auditors go to the MMDAs, they don’t just audit receipts they also audit movement of money,” he explained.