I WELCOME the UBS loan inquiry spearheaded by the chairman Sir Salamo Injia.
However, it was reported on Monday (May 18) that the inquiry may proceed without the overseas counsels.
The government has allocated an additional K28 million which was released by the Finance Department on Feb 13, 2020. Sir Salamo said the additional K28 million will be budgeted for the overseas commissioner, counsel, solicitors and a firm of solicitors to assist the inquiry.
He elaborated that the involvement of the overseas commissioner and counsel and a firm of solicitors were necessary given the international dimension of the subject matter under inquiry.
The question to be answered is will the government reconsider the allocated K28 million since the overseas commissioner, counsel will not be present due to complications faced as a result of the Covid-19?
If they are not participating, can the prime minister tell the nation what is the revised budget for this UBS inquiry?
We are now expecting a revised budget less than the initial K28 million.
We the tax payers want to know the actual cost of this inquiry.
We are paying tax and need to know how our money is spent.
This commission of inquiry without overseas counsel will lack transparency rather will bring bias judgment.
Concerned Tax Payer,