January 30, 2017

Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, has announced that he will gladly welcome and support any probe that Parliament may institute in establishing the veracity or otherwise of any matter that borders on the bribery scandal that has hit the Appointments Committee of the House.

“Mr. Chairman, let me state that I will support full scale investigations to establish the veracity or otherwise any matter that bothers on the reputation of Members of Parliament including a full scale parliamentary inquiry which may be done by the Privileges Committee,” he noted.

Haruna Iddrisu made this observation in his opening remarks on Monday when the Minister-designate for Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E), Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei took his turn at the Appointments Committee of Parliament for questioning over issues related to the ministry has been assigned to.

He told the Committee that he will expect and the Speaker and leadership of the House to take up the bribery allegation matter and establish the truth or otherwise of what is being speculated around “which is undermining the integrity and the work of this Committee.”

Parliament has come under serious attack from a cross section of the public ever since one of the members on the Appointments Committee, Mahama Ayariga alleged that the Minister-designate for Energy, Boakye Agyarko, has attempted bribing members on the committee to ensure his approval.

He allegedly cited the Minority Chief Whip as the one who gave him GH₵3,000.00. However, after finding out that it was the Minister-designate for Energy who gave out the money, he returned it, insisting that under no circumstances should members on the committee accept Mr. Boakye Agyarko’s money.

Muntaka Mohammed Mubarak has since then denied ever giving any money to Mahama Ayariga.