General News of Sunday, 29 January 2017
Chairman of the Appointments Committee of Parliament Joe Osei-Owusu has said he will proceed to the court next Tuesday to prove his innocence in the bribery scandal that has rocked his committee.
According to him, he has never given any money to be given to the minority caucus on the committee, as has been alleged by the Bawku Central MP Mahama Ayariga.
The former Sports minister has alleged that Energy minister Boakye Agyarko attempted to bribe members of the minority caucus, through the chairman of the committee, in order to be approved by the appointments committee following his vetting.
He said GHC3000 was given to each member through the minority chief whip, Muntaka Mubarak, who had received the money from the chairman of the committee.
But speaking on the Starr Midday News Saturday, the Bekwai MP said he has not given any money to anybody to be given to the minority.
“As I have said already, I have not given any money to anybody to be given to anyone. I have not met or spoken to Muntaka over any money, either from Boakye Agyarko or from anyone. I’m not open to money discussions of such nature, I have never been and will never be,” he said.
He noted “ I will make a general statement on the floor and then on Tuesday proceed to the court to clear my name in this matter legally; and that’s what I will do”.
Meanwhile, the Bawku Central MP has insisted the incident took place and he is ready to stand by his claim anywhere.