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.
Kate Addo, Director of Public Affairs of Parliament, who revealed this, said “Tomorrow at exactly 11 o’clock the Committee will start its public hearing. GTV has given an indication that they will telecast the proceedings live for every Ghanaian to see what will transpire.
“We are also expecting TV3 to provide a live coverage of proceedings. The Committee has already started with its preliminary works. They have met a couple of times and at the time they met they discussed their mandate and then they discussed the way forward.
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“The chairman directed that based on the importance of the issue and the interest a lot of Ghanaians have in the matter, all Ghanaians must have the opportunity to watch it live so that the findings would be accepted by all.
“All of us will listen and watch the proceedings live when the matter is being dealt with in parliament and so by the grace of God tomorrow, the actual hearing will start. They are expected to sit for 10 days, after which they will submit their recommendations to the Speaker,” she told Accra-based Asempa FM.
She added “that the sitting will be in 10 days. There are four main people who will be speaking to the Committee. I don’t know how the Chairman will direct proceedings when they start but what I do know is that there will be 10 sitting days. As to whether the sittings for all the 10 days will be public, I don’t know.”
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.
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.
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.
He said they rejected the money and asked that the money be returned to him.
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."