Public Hearing Of Vetting Committee Bribery Allegations Continues Today
| Updated Apr 02, 2017 at 4:00pm
Joe Ghartey, Chairman of Vetting Committee of Bribery Allegations.
The public hearing of bribery allegations involving some members of the Appointments Committee of Parliament continues today.
On Wednesday the Chairman of the Appointments Committee, Joseph Osei Owusu, was the first witness to appear before the bribery committee.
Mr. Osei Owusu and Minority Chief Whip Mohammed Muntaka were implicated after it was alleged they received one hundred thousand cedis from Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko as bribe for his approval.
Bawku Central MP Mahama Ayariga who made the claim on an Accra-based station said three thousand cedis was offered to members of the Appointments Committee to approve the nomination of Mr Agyarko.
However, after they were told the money was offered the Committee by the Energy Minister whose approval was being challenged, the minority NDC members returned their share to Mr. Muntaka.
The narrative has been contested by Mr. Osei Owusu and Muntaka who both deny receiving and dishing out money to the MPs.
Meanwhile, the Member of Parliament for North Tongu in the Volta region, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has asked Parliament’s ad-hoc committee investigating the bribery allegations to invite him as a witness.
In a letter dated February 16, 2016, written through his lawyers, Ayine and Feli, he explained he was served with a letter dated 4th February, 2017 with reference number PG/SC/005 by the Clerk to the Committee inviting him to attend upon the Committee as a witness on a date and at a time to be communicated to him.
According to Mr. Ablakwa's lawyers Osei-Owusu testimony which was telecasted live on national television and also reported in the national print media, the Chairman of the Appointments Committee of Parliament and First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei-Owusu, mentioned Ablakwa as having told him that the bribery allegation was made up.