General News of Monday, 20 February 2017
The ad hoc committee charged to investigate alleged parliamentary bribery scandal chaired by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Essikado-Ketan constituency Joe Ghartey has given a media black out to the MP for Bawku central constituency Mahama Ayariga not to give commentary about the public sitting on main / social media.
The chairman prevented him from granting media interviews with issues regarding his testimony on the committee today.
Mr Ghartey indicated that he can do so after the report of the committee is brought out.
‘Honourable Ayariga I just wanted to tell you that we will be grateful if you don’t discuss what you said here or give commentary on either radio, television interviews or on social media, we are not gaging you but we believe that we must all help to bring the work of the committee to a successful end, when we bring out our report of course you can comment, do you have any objections to that,’ the chairman asked.
Mr Ayariga has been leading the crusade that the chairman of Appointments Committee of Parliament Joe Osei-Owusu bribed some members of the committee prior to the approval of Energy minister Boakye Agyarko.
Asked if he has any evidence to the allegations levelled against Mr Osei-Owusu when he appeared before the committee, he responded ‘I maintain that it was all about a rumour’.
He indicated that he never dealt directly with neither Mr Agyarko nor Mr Joe-Owusu but rather the minority chief whip who is MP for Asawase constituency Alhaji Mubarak Muntaka gave them the money.