Pressure is mounting on the Joe Ghartey Committee to release its investigative report on bribery allegations against members of Parliament’s Appointment Committee.
Various individuals and Civil Society Groups are questioning why it is taking the committee a very long time to make public its findings on the matter that has cast a slur on the image of the legislature.
Mr. Boakye Agyarko, Minister of Energy, has been accused of attempting to bribe 10 Minority members on Parliament’s Appointments Committee, with GHc 3,000 each, prior to his approval.
An ad-hoc ommittee has subsequently been set up by the Speaker, following a petition by three minority MPs namely Mahama Ayariga, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, and Alhassan Suhuyini, who have confirmed that the alleged bribery indeed occurred, hence their decision to ask for investigations, despite the denial by Minority Chip Whip and MP for Asawase, Muntaka Mubarak.
But Director of the Africa Center for Parliamentary Affairs Dr. Rashid Raman and Executive Director of the Ghana Integrity Initiative Linda Ofori Kwafo are of the view that the delay could brew speculation that the committee is trying to massage the truth.
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