Joseph Osei Owusu, Member of Parliament (MP) for the Bekwai Constituency, is scheduled to be the first witness to appear before parliaments committee charged to look into the bribery allegations put forth by three National Democratic Congress (NDC).
According to the allegations put forth by the NDC MPs - namely Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Mahama Ayariga, and Alhassan Suhuyini - at least three MPs and a cabinet minister are accused of bribing members of the Appointments Committee to "grease the wheels" for the Energy Minister's nomination.
Mr.. Osei-Owusu's part in the debacle was that he allegedly attempted to bribe members of the Minority side of the committee with GHC 3,000, funds purported to have come from the Energy Minister, Mr. Boakye Agyarko.
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These allegations are ones that Mr. Osei-Owusu has denied fervently, to the extent of asking the Speaker of the House, Mr. Mike Ocquaye, to give him leave in order for him to go to court to make his complaints against Mahama Ayariga, one of the three MPs who made the allegations.
"Mr Speaker, I have a dilemma, my fervent heart desire is to go the civil court to reclaim my integrity. I'm, however, aware of the challenges one has to battle with in any litigation involving a sitting Member of Parliament but Mr Speaker, you have the power to permit service of court processes on a sitting Member of Parliament through your office, I crave your indulgence to assist me to ventilate my grievance in court, if I'm successful, it may help redeem the image of this parliament, which is often battered by its own members," said the Benkwai legislator.
The hearing on Wednesday will be done in public instead of the previously suggested in camera investigations, with TV3 and GTV slated to cover the probe.
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