Parliament constitutes 5-Member Committee to probe alleged Bribery Scandal: punishment expected to...

Parliament constitutes 5-Member Committee to probe alleged Bribery Scandal: punishment expected to be meted out to culprits

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Photo: Ghana’s Speaker, Prof. Oquaye

The Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Prof. Michael Oquaye, has ruled that a 5-Member Committee be constituted to investigate into the alleged bribery scandal that has rocked the august House, particularly its Vetting Committee.

The 5 Members on the Ad Hoc Committee are Hon. Joe Ghartey, Hon. Ben Abdallah Banda, Hon. Ama Pomaa Boateng, Hon. Magnus Kofi Amoatey and Hon. B.T. Baba.

They were proposed by both the Majority and Minority sides of the House, for which the Speaker approved.

The Majority side of the House has three Members on the Committee, while the Minority has two. Hon. Joe Ghartey is the Chairman of the Committee.

The Committee is tasked to probe the bribery allegations leveled against the Chairman of the Appointments (Vetting) Committee, Joseph Osei-Owusu, and some Members on the Committee, especially, the Minority side of Parliament, by Hon. Mahama Ayariga.

Hon. Mahama Ayariga has alleged that the then Energy Minister-designate, Boakye Agyarko had bribed the Vetting Committee, particularly, the minority side, so that he could be approved by the Committee as Minister-designate.

The Minister and the Accused persons in the alleged scandal have, however denied any involvement in the claims.

The Committee is expected to complete its investigations into the claims within four weeks. A Report on the Investigations, to establish the truthfulness or otherwise of the allegations, will be presented to the House, for the Speaker to rule on the matter.

Parliament is worried about the fact that the integrity of the august House is being tainted by these allegations. It is therefore expected that punishment will be meted out to the culprits.

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