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The Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye, has set up a five-member committee to probe the bribery allegations leveled against the Trade Ministry.
The committee, whose mandate is to investigate the claims of the Minority, is made up of three members from the Majority side and two from the Minority.
They are Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, MP for Adentan, Kwasi Ameyaw Cheremeh, Majority Chief Whip, Dr. Mark Assibey Yeboah, Chairman of the Finance Committee of Parliament who is chairing the committee.
Those from the Minority are James Klutsey Avedzie, Deputy Minority Leader, and Dominic Ayine, Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga East.
The committee has up to January 24 to submit its report.
The ministry was accused by the Minority in Parliament for charging expatriates to the tune of $100, 000 fee to sit close to President Nana Akufo-Addo during the Ghana Expatriates Awards held last year.
The Presidency exonerated the sector minister, Alan Kyeremateng, last December, but the Minority led by Chief Minority Whip, Mubarak Muntaka and Ranking Member on the Foreign Affairs Committee, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said they had more evidence that showed the Trade Ministry had sold seats in the name of the presidency, and filed a motion for the Speaker to set up a committee to investigate the matter.
The Majority of the house had on Friday, January 5, 2018, insisted the emergency motion brought before the House to probe the matter be thrown out, saying it was “incompetent” and “wobbly.”
The Majority leader Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu revealed that the motion was replete with irregularities.
“it will be a gross abuse of the processes of this House to come and pray, to engage in correction of votes of proceeding,” He said on the floor of the house.
He continued that the motion “has nothing to do with extortion. What we have before us is incompetence; it’s a very incompetent motion which cannot be entertained in this house. Mr Speaker people should grow in this house.”
However, the Minority rejected the Majority’s claim saying what they had presented was accurate.
XYZ News’ Charles Akrofi reported the Minority Leader, however, argued that their motion contained what was needed to make their case. The Speaker then called for a meeting with the leadership of the House which eventually led the setting up of the bi-partisan committee.