Member of Parliament for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak has stated that the Criminal Investigations Department’s invitation of Anthony Karbo for questioning breaches the Constitution of the Republic and Karbo’s privilege as a Member of Parliament.
Speaking on Happy FM’s Epa Hoa Daben show, Mr Mubarak argued, “If you look at Article 117 and standing order 22 of Parliament standing orders, the invitation clearly is in breach of the constitution and standing orders of Parliament because the Speaker of Parliament has not been written to or informed. No Member of Parliament is above the law, but any such invitation should be within the constitution and clearly the privileges of the MP, Anthony Karbo have been grossly violated.”
“This issue has not come to the attention of the Speaker and clearly if he has been invited as we are hearing by the Police, then it is a violation of his privileges and the CID must be dealt with.”
The CID, on Thursday, 24 May, invited the Deputy Road Minister, Mr Karbo for questioning.
His invitation followed a revelation by Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide, Abdul-Malik Kwaku Baako on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana programme on Thursday, 24 May that Mr Karbo was “mentioned” in the yet-to-be-released documentary.
Mr Baako said Mr Karbo is the next person, after President Akufo-Addo and Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, to be given the opportunity to watch his bit of the investigative piece and give a response to it as the ethics of journalism dictate.
Mr Baako said: “Karbo is mentioned, Karbo is the one scheduled to be interviewed on Wednesday, I don’t see why you are doubting that. I’m saying this on public record. Karbo is mentioned and he is aware that he’s been mentioned and he knew that Wednesday, we were to meet for the interview, so, he would have watched.
“If you are not being interviewed, you can’t watch the portion that concerns you, so he knew. He was scheduled to be interviewed on Wednesday, meaning, he would have had the opportunity to watch portions of where he was mentioned so that he can react, and that is part of the investigations, so, the investigation is incomplete …”
By: Joseph Nii Ankrah.