Ghana's newly elected Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Ocquaye, today will address a petition asking for the investigation into the alleged attempt to bribe certain Members of Parliament (MP) to approve the nomination of Energy minister-designate, Mr. Boakye Agyarko.
Today's move by Speaker Ocquaye will be the first move by the head of Parliament to address the bribery scandal and, moreover, it will be the first concrete reaction whatsoever to deal with the scandal that broke last week Friday.
Critics are unsure as to what line of action will be taken by the Speaker Ocquaye, whether he will constitute an internal inquiry or an independent probe into the scalding allegations.
Pressure group OccupyGhana's founding President and CEO of IMANI Ghana, Mr. Franklyn Cudjoe, is one of the voices calling for an independent investigation into the matter, along with the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).
MP for Bawku Central, Hon. Mahama Ayariga, shook Ghana's legislature last week Friday when he made the allegation that he and other Minority MP's were given GHC 3,000 to approve the nomination of Energy Minister-designate, Boakye Agyarko.
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According to Hon. Ayariga, the money was given to the Minority MP's through the Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak. Allegation Hon Muntaka Mubarak categorically denied on Saturday January 28th, 2017.
Mr. Boakye Agyarko, on the other hand, has already been sworn in and categorically denies all claims put forward by Hon Mahama Ayariga. To the extent that he's threatened to take the Bawku Central Legislator to court if he fails to produce concrete evidence supporting his allegations.