Minority members of the parliament's appointments committee have accused Boakye Agarko, the energy minister-designate, of bribing with GHC100,000 in exchange for them confirming his nomination.
The minority members said the money was funneled through the chairman of the committee, Joseph Osei-Owusu, who they said gave them GHC3,000 each.
Explaining the circumstances under which the money was paid, the member of parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, told Accra-based Radio Gold that members of the committee had been awaiting their sitting allowances from the parliamentary leadership for some days and that Osei-Owusu assured them that he had sent a memo to the leadership, adding that they money would be paid soon.
Ayariga said at the close of sitting on Tuesday, the minority ranking member of the committee, Mubarak Muntaka, called them the following day that he had received the money from Osei-Owusu and that the members should come for their share of GHC3,000.
He said they all collected the money on the assumption that it was the sitting allowances they had been waiting for.
He said later, they heard that the money was not payment for the allowances, so they questioned Osei-Owusu as to where the money had originated and what it was meant for.
Ayariga said to their shock, the chairman replied that it was a "gift" from Boakye Agyarko.
"...we were told that the money was given to us by Hon Boakye Agyarko and not the allowance as promised by the chairman of the committee.We quickly asked our ranking member, Honourable Muntaka, to return the money," he said.
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According Ayariga, the minority members made it clear that they did not want the money and so handed it back to Osei-Owusu.
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The minority has expressed the view that the money was a bribe aimed at influencing them to approve the nomination of Boakye Agarko, whose confirmation is being deferred pending his presentation of documents which he said prove that former President John Mahama engaged in some corrupt deals at the energy ministry when he was in power.
The minority has insisted that unless Agyarko presents those documents, they would not approve his nomination.
Neither the majority in parliament nor Agyarko had responded to the damning allegation by the majority as at the time of filing this report.