Parliament Bribery Allegation Public hearing begins on Wednesday

Mahama Ayariga had earlier said on Accra-based Radio Gold that the Energy Minister Agyarko sent money to the minority side in an attempt to influence their decision on his approval after he was vetted for the position.

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The five-member investigative ad-hoc committee formed by Parliament to investigate the bribery allegation against the Appointments Committee will commence sitting on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

A statement from the investigation committee said: “The Special Committee on allegations against the chairman and some members of the Appointments Committee is to start its first public hearing from Wednesday, February 15 – Friday, February 17, 2017.”

Public hearing will also be held daily at the Speakers Conference room, the statement added.

Background

Prof Mike Ocquaye on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, constituted a five-member committee to investigate the corruption allegation made by some members of the minority in parliament.

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The committee will be chaired by former attorney general and MP for Essikado-Ketan, Joe Ghartey, and has 30 days within which to present its report.

The four other members are MPs Ben Abdallah Banda (Offinso South), Ama Pomaah Boateng (Juabeng), Magnus Kofi Amoateng (Yilo Krobo) and Benson Tongo Baba (Talensi). 

Mahama Ayariga had earlier said on Accra-based Radio Gold that the Energy Minister Agyarko sent money to the minority side in an attempt to influence their decision on his approval after he was vetted for the position.

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The NDC Member of Parliament said they (the minority) received the money thinking it was sitting allowance for being part of the Appointments Committee only to be told it was coming from the minister designate.

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He said they rejected the money and asked that the money be returned to him.

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Meanwhile, Chairman of the Appointments Committee, Joseph Osei-Owusu has said claims by Ayariga that the 26-member Committee was offered GHC100,000 by a ministerial nominee to approve him is a "colossal untruth."

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