General News of Monday, 30 January 2017
The Member of Parliament for Tamale North, Alhassan Suhuyini is asking President Nana Akufo-Addo to suspend the nomination of Mr. Boakye Agyarko as the Energy Minister until investigations into the bribery accusations against him are concluded.
Mr. Suhuyini, along with two other Minority members of the Appointments Committee; Mahama Ayariga and Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, MPs for Bawku Central and North Tongu, have written to the Speaker of Parliament calling for a thorough investigation of the bribery claims against the Mr. Agyarko.
Speaking on the Citi Breakfasts Show, Mr. Suhuyini said the requested enquiry into the allegations would bring finality to the corruption allegations, but in the meantime, he insisted Mr. Agyarko’s nomination should be stayed.
“Mr. Boakye Agyarko, if you ask me; I think the President should stay his nomination and then after the enquiry… let’s all request the Speaker to do the needful by setting up whatever enquiry process and address the issues speedily and then take a decision.”
“Instead of us focusing on who is lying and who is telling the truth, let us push for the process to work. Let us understand the various angles and let us look at how finality can be brought to this matter. Finality to me can be brought to this matter through an enquiry that will establish the way forward,” the MP said.
The claims surfaced last Thursday with Mr. Ayariga accusing Mr. Agyarko of bribing the 10 Minority members of the Appointments Committee with GHc3,000 to pass him.
Mr. Ayariga alleged that the money was given to the Minority Chief Whip, Mubarak Mohammed Muntaka by the Chairman of the Appointments Committee, Joseph Osei-Owusu for onward disbursement; a claim Mr Suhuyini and Mr Ablakwa both confirmed.
Although the Chief Whip and the Chairman have denied the claims, the three have insisted they were certain about the allegations.