Special Committee on bribery allegations begins public hearing on Wednesday
The Special Committee on bribery allegations against the Chairman and some Members of the Appointments Committee is set to start its first public hearing from Wednesday,15th to Friday,17th February, 2017.
The Speaker of Parliament following the bribery allegations against some members of the Appointment Committee and its Chairman, set up a five-member Committee to probe the alleged bribery scandal that hit the committee.
Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye in setting up the Committee, explained that, it has become necessary because of the weight of the allegation made by the Bawku Central Member of Parliament (MP), Mahama Ayariga.
The five member committee is chaired by Hon. Joe Ghartey, MP for Essikadu/Ketan.
The setting up of the special committee, became necessary because the Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga almost two weeks ago, stirred a controversy when he allegedly accused Mr. Boakye Agyarko, then a Minister nominee designate for Energy, for attempting to bribe the minority members of the Appointment Committee to have his nomination approved after he noticed they had kicked against his recommendation for approval.
The Minister for Energy, Boakye Agyarko had earlier rejected claims that he bribed the minority members on Parliament’s Appointment Committee to approve him for the portfolio.
According to the minister, the allegations were only meant to smear him.
The leadership of the Appointments Committee has said it will push for a full -scale investigation into the bribery scandal which has been levelled against it.
According to the leadership of the committee, it was important an investigation was launched into the scandal to ascertain the veracity or otherwise of the allegation.
Mr. Joseph Osei-Owusu, the Chairman of the Appointments Committee, who was accused of being the conduit between Mr. Agyarko and the committee, had also said the committee in particular and Parliament at large needed to be purged of any bribery allegations to win back the confidence of the citizenry.
Meanwhile the Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Hon. Kyei Mensah Bonsu has proposed a change to the committee. This is because Hon. Ama Pomaa Boateng, member of Parliament for Juabeng in the Ashanti region who is a member of the committee is attending the ECOWAS parliament which will be in section for the next two weeks while the committee is expected to begin hearing this Wednesday.
The leader of the house, Hon. Kyei Mensah Bonsu has therefore proposed the Assin North member of Parliament Hon. Abena Durowaa Mensah to replace Hon. Ama Pomaa Boateng who will be away during the hearings.
Hon. Abena Durowaa Mensah appointment to the special committee will be confirmed by the house, when they resume sitting tomorrow Tuesday February 14, 2017.