PAC halts NPF review, AP unimpressed

Legislators listening to proceedings in Parliament
Legislators listening to proceedings in Parliament

The Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Abram Kesupile has told Parliament that they have halted their review of the National Petroleum Fund (NPF) scandal, a move that has been heavily criticised by Alliance for Progressives’ (AP) Members of Parliament.

According to Kesupile, this followed an advice from the Attorney General (AG) Abraham Keetshabe notifying the Clerk of the National Assembly that the PAC cannot review the NPF as the matter is now before the courts. When presenting a statement to Parliament Thursday, Kesupile indicated that they sought the opinion of the AG on December 5, 2018 after some witnesses expected to appear before the committee pleaded that they were before the courts and therefore did not wish to put themselves in positions of self incrimination.

“Madam Speaker, shortly after the commencement of our work, law enforcement agencies started to vigorously investigate the same issue, which then led to arrests of certain persons, some of whom were very key to our review and some who indeed had appeared before us,” said Kesupile.

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