Kwasi Pratt, the managing editor of the Insight newspaper, has said that Boakye Agyarko, the energy minister, may have indeed bribed minority members of the appointments committee to approve his nomination.
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Mahama Ayariga, the MP for Bawku Central, alleged on Friday that he received GHC3,000 from the minority chief whip, Mubarak Muntaka, which he was a gift Agyarko had sent through the chairman of the appointments committee, Joe Osei-Owusu.
Two other minority MPs, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa and Alhassane Suhuyini, have backed Ayariga's assertion, saying that they also received GHC3,000, which they said they returned after hearing that it was from Agyarko.
But the three parties accused of providing and distributing the cash, Agyarko, Muntaka, and Osei-Owusu, have all denied the charge and threatened legal action.
But speaking on Accra-based Radio Gold on Saturday, Kwasi Pratt said ha had been told that the bribery incident indeed happened.
He said his sources in parliament confirmed it to him, adding that the money was returned because of the involvement of an NPP MP who the minority felt they could not trust.
“I have spoken to several members of parliament and one of them tells me that a member of parliament from the other side called him and told him that he helped to mobilise that money for payment to be done in other to approve Boakye Agyarko, and that’s what raised the alarm…
"...and the reason why they raised the alarm had to do with the character of the MP who claimed to have raised those monies. They couldn’t trust him,” he said.
Pratt called for a full scale investigation into the matter to unravel all the facts surrounding the issue.