The Office of the Speaker of Parliament has denied media reports that Alban Bagbin travelled to Dubai for medical review with his children.
The Office of the Speaker in a statement stressed that Mr. Bagbin has never included his children in any of his trips.
According to the statement, the travel expenses for Mr Bagbin’s trip to Dubai is in accordance with what is prescribed for the Speaker of Parliament long before he became Speaker, and also for analogous members of government such as the President, Vice President and the Chief Justice.
It also added that the Speaker has no hand in the computation of his per diem and it is available as part of the official records of the state.
4. For purposes of clarity, the statement noted that Mr Bagbin traveled with the medical doctor in charge of Parliament Medical Centre, his spouse as carer and two other officials of Parliament as the least in practice. “There is no advance party, no children, and certainly no other member on his entourage,” the statement clarified.
The Office of the Speaker said it finds it intriguing that the focus is on the Speaker’s travel and the efforts at exaggerating the cost, meanwhile, there is complete silence on the travels of other members of government, the frequency of which is far higher than that of the Speaker.
“Even within the hierarchy of Parliament, there are members of the leadership whose frequency of travel is far higher than that of Mr. Speaker. It is also on record that Rt. Hon. Bagbin, in his 14 months as Speaker, is the least travelled of all previous Speakers of Parliament within the same time frame,” the statement said.
The Office of the Speaker advised that any ill publication about Mr Bagbin’s travel is a political mischief and should be ignored and treated with the contempt they deserve.