Mr Speaker,the Hon Minister for Roads and Highwaysdid not need to travel outside Ghana togive us examples in this. In Akan folklore, there is KwakuAnanse. Kwaku Ananse the hunter andKwaku Ananse the farmer are twodifferent personalities. If Kwaku Anansethe hunter did something and was caught,the next time he would say he is KwakuAnanse the farmer, not Kwaku Ananse thehunter. Mr Speaker, that is the gospelaccording to the Hon Minister for Roadsand Highways who nearly became aCatholic. Mr Speaker, these are turbulent times;otherwise, these stories would not becoming up in Parliament. Let it not be saidthat anybody is against Smarttys. We
would criticise the deeds of Smarttys, notthe person behind it. Mr Speaker, that isthe essence of our criticism. That is theissue. In the case of the rebranding, there areissues. The amount involved is about theequivalent of US$1 million. The sameperson then shows up to front for anothercompany; this time it involves not US$1million but US$98 million. Do we thinkeyebrows should not be raised when thismatter is still current? As the Hon Minister may agree withme, the person or that company has notsufficiently purged itself of thosemisdeeds. Do we go, and maybe, in thecontext, award or even reward thatcompany with such a big amount ofcontract? The natural instinct of anyhuman being with conscience would askwhether we are fighting or rewardingcorruption? Mr Speaker, that is the issueat the heart of this discourse. Mr Speaker, I cannot be against anyGhanaian enterprise. We would want toencourage Ghanaian enterprises but whenmatters crop up, we should prick theconscience of this nation. The Presidenthas told us that he would want to fightcorruption. Mr Speaker, are we positioningourselves as a country or as a Governmentto be seen or to be deemed to be fightingcorruption? That is the issue to raise. Iwould think that if this matter hadhappened way back, and the company hadsufficiently purged itself, and we wereeven talking about US$100 million, US$50million or whatever, I would not care. Mr Speaker, here we are four days afterthis rebranding matter came up, we hadthis in Parliament. Just four days and itwas reintroduced by way of the laying ofthe Report. That is the issue and that is
my worry. This is because it would inflicta mortal wound on a Government thatpurports to be fighting corruption. Thatis the worry. That is not to say that Ghanaiancompanies should not be helped to comeup and sufficiently be well positioned,such that perhaps, next time round, theywould be able to mobilise their ownfunding to do this work for Ghanaians. Our people need electricity and thedelivery of potable water. If Ghanaians areworking to help us realise this dream, theyshould be commended.We should look atwhat is happening behind the curtain andinterrogate issues; which is what we aredoing now. Mr Speaker, we are not saying that thiscontract should not go through or itshould not be approved. Are we givingthe assurance that that companyrepresenting China Hunan ConstructionEngineering Group Corporation hassufficiently purged itself? What are we saying to other companieswhich fall foul in similar regard today,tomorrow and the days after tomorrow?As a country, what would we be sayingto them? Are we punishing or rewardingcorruption? That is what should informus. Mr Speaker, all said and done, weshould encourage Ghanaian companies.We should do what is right. Thank you.