The Chairman of Parliament’s Appointment Committee, Joseph Osei-Owusu, has hinted of a possible review of the Appointments Committee after an allegation of bribery was labelled against some members of the committee.
The Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, had alleged that the Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko, sought to bribe members of the Appointment’s Committee during his vetting.
The allegation has been disputed by the Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Muntaka Mubarak.
In an interview with Accra-based Citi FM, Joseph Osei-Owusu said the option of impressing on Ayariga to answer questions on his allegations at the committee sitting will be impossible since he [Osei-Owusu] who was implicated by Ayariga in the bribery allegations has to chair that sitting.
He added that “By our standing orders, I am the Chairman of that committee and by our standing orders, I don’t think that Ayariga will get justice if my committee is to try him. That is why I am doing away with that suggestion and looking at going to court.”
“My only challenge now is that we have postponed consideration of some members for appointment for so long and
I’m not sure it is fair to them to postpone sitting again. Otherwise I would have refused to sit until those matters are resolved and whoever took money in whose name is brought out.” He emphasized.
He also added that he was engaging his lawyers to possibly seek redress in the court of law to clear his name.