General News of Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Source: classfmonline.com

Bribery scandal: GTV, TV3 to provide live coverage

Joe Osei-Owusu, First Deputy Speaker of Parliament

Ghana Television (GTV) and TV3 Network will provide live coverage for the probe into bribery allegations against the leadership of the Appointments Committee of parliament, Kate Addo, Director of Public Affairs of Parliament, has revealed.

The five-member committee chaired by Joe Ghartey, Minister for Railway Development, will start its investigations into the allegation made by Bawku Central MP Mahama Ayariga against Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko and the leadership of the Appointments Committee, tomorrow, Wednesday February 15.

Speaking in an interview on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme on Tuesday February 14, Mrs Addo said: “Tomorrow at exactly 11 o’clock the Committee will start its public hearing. GTV has given an indication that they will telecast the proceedings live for every Ghanaian to see what will transpire.

“We are also expecting TV3 to provide a live coverage of proceedings. The Committee has already started with its preliminary works. They have met a couple of times and at the time they met they discussed their mandate and then they discussed the way forward.

“The chairman directed that based on the importance of the issue and the interest a lot of Ghanaians have in the matter, all Ghanaians must have the opportunity to watch it live so that the findings would be accepted by all.

“All of us will listen and watch the proceedings live when the matter is being dealt with in parliament and so by the grace of God tomorrow, the actual hearing will start. They are expected to sit for 10 days, after which they will submit their recommendations to the Speaker.”

She added: “I must emphasise that the sitting will be in 10 days. There are four main people who will be speaking to the Committee. I don’t know how the Chairman will direct proceedings when they start but what I do know is that there will be 10 sitting days. As to whether the sittings for all the 10 days will be public, I don’t know.”