I was clearly not myself… Joe Osei-Owusu laments
First Deputy Speaker, Joe Osei-Owusu has conceded that a week after the bribery allegation that hit the Appointments Committee of Parliament, he become emotional and struggled to contain himself.
Appearing before the five member Special Committee to investigate bribery allegation as a first witness,Hon. Joe Osei-Owusu maintained his innocence of the claims of his role in the bribery scandal that rocked the Committee when he appeared before the committee.
He told members that allegations that he has taken money from then Energy Minister nominee, Boakye Agyarko is false and that he has never done any such thing.
“I must confess that the first week after the incident, it was difficult for me, I was visibly angry was clearly not myself. It was difficult for me to look into people’s eyes.”he told the Committee.
Mr. Osei Owusu narrated that he was initially livid at the allegations during a meeting of the committee members but calmed down after he was given the impression by Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa that the allegations were a mere political retaliation to Mr, Agyarko’s insinuation, during his vetting, that President John Mahama was corrupt.
“Because Agyarko said our President was corrupt, referring to President John Mahama, we were spreading the corruption allegations. So then the mood in the room changed and we all laughed at it,” he recounted.
Mr. Boakye Agyarko , Minister of Energy and Petroleum, has been accused by Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga of attempting to bribe 10 Minority members of Parliament’s Appointments Committee, with GHc 3,000 each, prior to his approval.
Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga alleged that the money was given to the Minority Chief Whip, Mubarak Mohammed Muntaka by the Chairman of the Appointments Committee, Joseph Osei-Owusu for onward disbursement; a claim other minority members including Alhassan Suhuyini and Okudzeto Ablakwa confirmed.
Chairman of the Committee, Joe Ghartey announced that the doors are open for other members of the committee to bring evidence in the course of the public hearing.
Their next sitting would be on Friday (17th February,2017)and they are expected to take evidence from three more witnesses; Hon. Mohammed Mubarak Munthaka, Hon.Mahama Ayariga and Boakye Agyarko(Energy Minister).