Parliament of Ghana has in the interest of Ghana, set up a committee to investigate the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and its president, Kwesi Nyantakyi over the Anas investigative video.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye gave the orders pursuant to Article 109, which empowers Parliament to make laws to regulate professional, trade and organizations subject to clause 1 and 2.
Article 109 enjoins professional, trade and related organizations to conduct their businesses on democratic lines.
The Speaker was of the view that an organization which is entangled in such monumental corruption, cannot be seen to be conducting itself on democratic lines.
According to him, Parliament is therefore entitled to look into the matter and come to a conclusion, one way or the other.
He indicated further that, Ghana is in an era of fighting corruption and Parliament, should be the institution that is most interested in view of its representative body of the entire people of Ghana.
He said, no body, institution or association can assume immunity from Parliamentary investigations.
He asked for a special committee to be formed involving both sides of the House, so that they will be able to know which recommendations to make.
The Member for Sefwi Bodi and member of the Privileges Committee of Parliament, Hon. Sampson Ahi, earlier brought the attention of the House to the embarrassment that the exposé has brought on the country.
He called on the House to constitute a committee to investigate the entire activities of the GFA and the entire ‘Anas video’.
The Member for Adansi Asokwa Constituency, Hon. K. T. Hammond on his part, indicated that the notion of the GFA being an otonomous body and for that matter, not accountable to anyone must be rejected.
Due to the fact that the GFA is sponsored with state money, He said, they are equally accountable to the people of Ghana.
He added that, though the President has referred the matter to the Criminals Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, after watching the video, they all realized there is more to investigate than what the President sent to the CID. And for that reason, the House is interested in the way the GFA is run.
He therefore called on the House to ask the president of the GFA, Kwesi Nyantakyi to resign, in order to allow investigations to be carried smoothly without interference and tampering of evidences.
Making reference to the infamous Brazil World Cup saga, He said Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi has brought the image of Ghana into disrepute, and must face the consequences.
On his part, the Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu agreed with earlier calls for a committee to investigate the saga per article 109 of the constitution.
He also agreed that, once state monies were used to sponsor the GFA, they must be accountable.
He added that the GFA should account to the nation on how they used the monies spent on them by the state.
He called on the GFA to render proper accounts, since they owe Ghana that responsibility.