RTI Bill: Blame NPP MPs – NDC to MFWA

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has said it tried its best to pass the Right To Information (RTI) Bill during the presidency of Mr John Mahama, General Secretary of the now-main opposition party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has said.

According to him, it was the New Patriotic Party (NPP) MPs who frustrated the efforts of the last parliament, to get the bill passed.

Mr Nketia’s comments come on the heels of a claim by the Executive Secretary of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Sulemana Braimah that the NDC administration was not interested in transparency, thus, its failure to pass the bill when Mr Mahama was president.

Mr Braimah on Wednesday, 3 January wrote on his Facebook page that: “The General Secretary of the main opposition NDC, Asiedu Nketia, is advocating the passage of the RTI Bill into law. He describes a RTI law as being more important to the fight against corruption than the law backing the setting up of the office of the special prosecutor.

“I agree with him (but) why didn’t his NDC government pass the RTI Bill while it was in power for 8 years? Well, the reason is simple: The NDC government was not interested in fighting corruption and didn’t want to be transparent to the people.

“The last-minute attempt to pass the Bill on the last day of the previous parliament was just some camouflage. But is the NPP truly committed to the fight against corruption? If Yes, then let the RTI Bill be passed into law. Simple.”

But Mr Nketia, responding to this claim in an interview with sit-in host of the Ghana Yensom on Accra100.5FM on Thursday, 4 January, said: “During our time, the RTI Bill was still at the consideration level in parliament, unfortunately we had to go for elections at the time of the deliberations and so there was a break in the deliberations.

“After the elections, we went back to parliament for the passage of the bill but it was the NPP that said they will not allow parliament to pass the bill and that it should be withdrawn, the records are there to show, and, so, the Media Foundation can go to parliament for the records.”

“We did our part to ensure the passage of the bill.”

Source: Classfmonline.com