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GII kicks against Chair of the committee to probe bribery scandal

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong- Daily Express

                                                              Hon. Joe Ghartey

Mrs. Mary Awelana Addah, the Programmes Manager at the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has kicked against the nomination of the chairman of the committee set up to investigate the alleged bribery scandal in Parliament.

According to her, the Chairman of the committee, Hon. Joe Ghartey, the Member of Parliament for Essikado-Ketan Constituency should be changed.

She pointed out that, the Hon. Member has been nominated as the Minister designates for Railways and Development, and it will not serve the best interest of the legislature and the country if he chairs the committee.

“We do not have anything against the chair. But we feel he needs to be changed in order not to find favour before the Appointment Committee, because he will also appear before them,” explained.

"We were expecting an independent body to investigate the bribery allegation. But if they are using their own people, then we expect some neutrality in the Committee," she stated.

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Prof. Mike Oquaye set up 5-member Committee to investigate the alleged bribery scandal against some Members of People (MPs). Other members are Hon. Ben Abdallah, MP for Offinso South Constituency; Hon. Ama Pomaah Boateng, MP for Juaben Constituency; Hon. BT Baba, MP for Talensi Constituency; and Hon. Magnus Kofi Amoatey, MP for Yilo Krobo Constituency.

This was after the three MPs: Hon. Mahama Ayariga, MP for Bawku Central; Hon. Alhassan Suhuyini MP for Tamale North Constituency; and Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa for North Tongu Constituency jointly wrote to the Speaker, requesting the Leader of the House to conduct an internal enquire into the allegation of attempted bribery of some Members of the Appointments Committee of Parliament by a Ministerial Nominee.

The news came out last week, when Hon. Ayariga alleged that each of the minority members on the Appointment Committee were given GHc3,000 after they committee have finished vetting Mr. Boakye Agyarko, the Minister designate for Energy.


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