Minority Leader, Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu, has called the sizzling bribery scandal that hit the Appointments Committee last Friday as "a seismic one".
Hon Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu is of the opinion that referring the matter to Parliaments Privileges Committee - which is usually charged with the inquiry of these sort of things - would be ill advised since one of the persons accused in the allegation is the Chairperson of the Privileges Committee.
According to the Member of Parliament for for Suame constituency, the implication of the Chair of the Privileges Committee in the allegation warrants the forming of a special committee to probe the matter.
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Speaking in Parliament, he said: “The allegation that has saturated the entire Ghanaian public over the past four days is indeed an earthshaking allegation and must be handled with extreme care.”
“In this particular case, the primary person who has been cited, the Honourable Osei-Owusu, the Chairman of the Appointments Committee, doubles as the Chairman of the Privileges Committee. So, in this particular instance, if the matter is referred to the committee, he would be required to chair. In the alternative, he may recuse himself for the Vice Chairman to be in the chair.
“My worry is that if it should go to the Privileges Committee, it may attract unnecessary partisanship and for that reason, I tend to agree with the application by the Minority Leader (Haruna Iddrisu) that the matter be sent to a special purpose committee charged with responsibility for delving into this matter.”
It seems that Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu's opinions were well headed as a five-member ad hoc committee has been set up by Parliament to probe the bribery allegations made by MP for Bawku Central Constituency, Mahama Ayariga.