My confirmation was never at risk- Boakye Agyarko

February 21, 2017
My confirmation was never at risk- Boakye Agyarko

Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko has stated that the claim that he had attempted to buy his approval among members of the Appointments Committee with a bribe was contrived.

He said the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has overwhelming majority in the House for his confirmation to be resisted by National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament (MPs).

“At no point did I feel my confirmation was at risk [so] I, therefore, have no motive whatsoever to...influence,” he said.

Mr Agyarko made these remarks when he appeared before Parliament’s Special Bribery Investigating Committee on Monday.

The Minister has been cited alongside two others - First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei Owusu and Minority Chief Whip Mohammed Muntaka  - in a bribery allegation made by Bawku Central MP Mahama Ayariga on January 27.

The MP had told an Accra-based Radio Gold that members of Parliament’s Appointments Committee were each given GHC3,000.

He, however, said NDC MPs returned their share after they realised the money was coming from Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko, whose nomination was then being challenged.