The Chairman of The Public Accounts’ Committee, PAC of Parliament And The Member of Parliament for Dormaaa Central, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, has justified the closed-door sitting of The Committee with Officials from The Judicial Service, yesterday.
According to him, there was prior notice to Journalists, especially, members of The Parliamentary Press Corps who are covering public hearings. His statement follows an alleged manhandling of some journalists, who were there to cover, the proceedings.
PAC is reviewing the Auditor General’s report for 2011/12 and 13 on The Judicial Service on how monies were spent and other disturbing issues, raised in the reports. Addressing members of The Parliamentary Press Corps, after their In-camera sitting, Mr. Manu explained that, the decision to hold proceedings, without the media, was due to the sensitive nature of the issues regarding The Judicial Service.
“This was not the first time, The Committee has decided to sit In-camera with an Institution”, The Chairman added.
When questioned by Journalists on some of the issues that came up during the closed-door meeting the Chairman, declined to disclose some of the responses, given Officials of by The Judicial Service, adding that, their report will be submitted to Parliament, as required by The Standing Orders, of The House.
Source: radioxyzonline.com/Francis Edzorna Mensah