A leading member of Ghana’s ruling party, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, a Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, has trashed a bribery allegation originated by ex-Sports Minister, Mahama Ayariga.
“I have listened to them and I think it’s rather an embarrassment to the NDC (the opposition party) members because if you pay critical attention, you will realise that Mahama Ayariga and his cohorts are just confused and framing things up,” said Agyepong, Tuesday, on Adom TV’s Morning Show, Badwam
Ayariga claimed in the past few weeks – supported by a few other minority MPs – that a nominee, Boakye Agyarko (since confirmed as the Energy Minister) had channelled a bribe of GHC 3000 to each of some minority MPs on the Appointment Committee which vets nominees.
That alleged bribe, claimed Ayariga, was handed them by a conduit, the Minority Chief Whip, Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, through the committee’s chairman, Joseph Osei-Wusu, incidentally the deputy Speaker of Parliament, purportedly at the instance of the current energy minister, Boakye Agyarko.
Strangely, however, the nominee’s (ruling) party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) carries a majority in parliament. In the event of a hung committee-vetting, the majority could proceed to approve of Agyarko’s nomination, discounting the necessity for him to have attempted to bribe any MP of the minority side, anyway.
Subsequently, Agyepong has charged the minority MPs of conspiracy to mudsling without basis, the distinguished committee chairman.
Incidentally, Agyarko, Joe Osei-Wusu and Muntaka Mubarak have denied the allegation in depositions before a five-member ad-hoc parliamentary committee formed, stemming from the bribery allegation that has scandalized parliament.
During that hearing, Monday, the accuser, Mahama Ayariga claimed he was clear in his mind that Muntaka Mubarak disclosed to him the money was from Boakye Agyarko.
In consequence, Kennedy Agyapong has called for a strict investigation into the matter even after the committee completes its work.
“Yes, we have a committee investigating the matter, but the issue is very serious and needs to be investigated even if the committee is done with their investigation because we need to get to the bottom of this matter,” he stressed.