Mr. Kwasi Kwaning-Bosompem, the Controller and Accountant General, was notably absent from a scheduled appearance before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Monday, January 29. This absence followed his recent defeat in the Akim Swedru parliamentary primary.
Initially slated to address pertinent questions before the PAC, Mr. Kwaning-Bosompem’s absence was attributed to unforeseen circumstances, according to Deputy Finance Minister Abena Osei Asare. Despite this explanation, the committee insisted on the Controller and Accountant General’s presence to respond to critical queries.
While Mr. Kwaning-Bosompem sent his three deputy commissioners as representatives, the committee rejected this arrangement. PAC Chairman James Klutse Avedzi ruled that the committee should proceed with the hearing.
The Controller and Accountant General faced a setback in his political aspirations when he lost the Akim Swedru parliamentary primary. Securing 94 votes against the incumbent MP Kennedy Osei’s 194, his defeat in the primary was a significant development in the political landscape.
Mr. Kwaning-Bosompem’s decision to contest the parliamentary seat had been met with both support and opposition. While he garnered endorsements from high-profile personalities, politicians, religious leaders, and civil society organizations, some individuals called for his resignation or removal from office, citing alleged breaches of the Civil Service Act.
The Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) Ghana had demanded his immediate removal from office, accusing him of violating the Civil Service Act, PNDC Law 327. Additionally, Member of Parliament Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor filed a lawsuit against Mr. Kwaning-Bosompem on January 10, 2024.