General News of Monday, 30 January 2017
The Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu has called on the leadership of the House to institute a full scale investigation into bribery allegations leveled against members of the Appointments Committee.
Member of the Committee and MP for Bawku Central Mahama Ayariga on Friday accused Energy minister, Boakye Agyarko of attempting to bribe the minority members of the committee, to clear him following his edgy vetting – but they rejected it.
According to him, the energy minister’s bribery attempt was made through the chairman of the committee, Joseph Osei Owusu which was given to the minority caucus by its chief whip, Muntaka Mubarak.
Both Hon. Osei Owusu and Munbarak have both denied knowledge of the bribery allegations.
Speaking on the issue for the first time during Monday’s vetting, Hon. Iddrisu said he will support a full scale investigation to determine the truth or otherwise of the matter.
“I will support a full scale parliamentary enquiry which may be at parliament’s privileges committee. I expect that the leadership of parliament will take up the matter and establish the truth and otherwise of what is being speculated around which is undermining the integrity and the work of this committee,” Hon. Iddrisu stated Monday.