A request by the Member of Parliament representing North Tongu has forced the ad hoc committee set up by Parliament to investigate a bribery allegation involving some members of the Appointments Committee, to adjourn sitting till Monday.
Ablakwa, who corroborated an allegation by another minority member of Parliament, Mahama Ayariga that the Minister of Energy, Boakye Agyarko attempted to bribe members of the Appointments Committee to ease his approval through the chairman of the committee, Joe Osei Owusu, had written to the committee, requesting that he be allowed to appear before the committee and that records of proceedings of Osei Owusu’s appearance be be available to him.
Ablakwa was initially excluded from appearing before the committee but his request, put in through his lawyers, came after Osei Owusu claimed in his testimony before the committee that the North Tongu MP confided in him that the allegation was made up by Minority Members of Parliament.
When the committee resumed sitting on Friday, its chairman, Joe Ghartey, announced that the committee has obliged to the MP’s requests. He therefore adjourned sitting till Monday, while also directing the Clerk of Parliament to serve notice to all persons who are supposed to appear before the committee.
The letter from Ablakwa’s lawyers read in part: “Since our client was not given an opportunity to cross examine Hon. Joseph Osei Owusu on this unsubstantiated piece of evidence, it would surely be in accord with the rules of natural justice that our client be heard in his own defence before your Committee.”