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Bribery Scandal Joe Ghartey committee report out

The much awaited report from the Joe Ghartey committee on the alleged bribery scandal in parliament will be presented today

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Former Attorney General, MP for Essikado-Ketan, Joe Ghartey

The five-member ad hoc committee investigating the bribery scandal that hit the Appointments Committee of Parliament will present its report to Parliament today, Wednesday March 29, 2017.

The five member committee, chaired by Joe Ghartey, Member of Parliament (MP) for Essikado-Ketan Constituency, was set up by the Speaker Professor Mike Ocuaye in January 2017 to investigate a bribery scandal on the Appointments Committee of Parliament.

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Mahama Ayariga, MP for Bawku Central claimed in a radio interview that the Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko, sent money to the minority side on the Appointments Committee in an attempt to influence their decision on his approval after he was vetted for the position. 

The allegations shocked the Appointments Committee on both sides of the house with Joe Osei Owusu (the committee’s chair) and Mubarak Muntaka (on the minority side) implicated.

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The pair, together with Boakye Agyarko have denied the allegations and described it as unsubstantiated.

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However, Muntaka Mubarak and Osei-Owusu have denied the allegation.

Meanwhile, the African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA), has said it fears that the Joe Ghartey Committee on allegations of bribery in parliament will not produce any positive results.

A senior associate of ACEPA, Tuinese Amuzu, believes that witnesses who appeared before the Committee did not reveal the entire story as questions that were posed to them were towards a particular direction.

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He said the posture of the committee is as a result of the kind of training that members of the committee had.

"So we are all brought up into a system that say, if you are coming into this committee there are rules by which you should come," he added.

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