…Over ADB Bribery Claims
By Cecil Mensah
The leadership of the Media Consult Group, has hauled the sitting New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Effutu Constituency in the Central Region to the General Legal Council, over a secret tape that captured the legislator, demanding bribe from the management of Agricultural Development Bank (ADB).
The group sympathetic to the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), has petitioned the council seeking a declaration that, Mr. Alex Afenyo-Markins’ name be expunged from the register of practicing and licensed lawyers in the country.
It could be recalled that last year, the MP, was caught on a secret tape openly boasting about how he would present a weak case at the Supreme Court against the Initial Public Offer (IPO) being offered by ADB to list on the Ghana Stock Exchange, for the court to quash it for him and a number of Minority MPs to benefit
The Group in a petition dated March 9, 2016, addressed to the General Legal Council, the law regulatory body in the country and copied to the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Inspector–General of Police (IGP), demanded action was taken against Mr. Afenyo-Markin, without further delay.
Also copied were the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) and the Speaker of Parliament.
The petition signed by Alfred KojoTriddles, the Director of Operations of the group and Albert Kojo Yeboah, the Deputy Operations Officer complained about “…the seemingly perpetuated delays and deafening silence that has characterized investigations into the MP’s bribery scandal.”
According to the group, it first petitioned the IGP copied the General Legal Council, and later called for the arrest of the lawmaker, who had contravened, compromised and dishonoured his Oath of Office as a legislator but nothing was heard.
The petition said the bribery tape has brought the integrity of the lawyer cum lawmaker to disrepute and has further unearth his gross disrespect for the 1992 Constitution, which frowns on public officers engaging in acts of bribery and corruption.
The MP, who is also a lawyer by profession was indeed, invited by the Police, following ‘our petition, but the outcome can best be described as unaccounted silence’ the group revealed.
The group noted that, there was some public interest in the MP’s bribery case and just like the judges bribery scandal uncovered by the expose of the ace investigative reporter, Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his Tiger Eye PI team, and how it was handled by President John Dramani Mahama and the Chief Justice, Georgina Wood.
‘We would wish that the same speed would be attached to our petition and any attempt to subvert or white wash the investigations under closed doors of delay tactics will amount to perversion of justice to the people of Ghana’ the group averred.
The group repeated that it will be an affront to the Legislative arm of government for an MP who among other things make the laws that governs the country, to engage in bribery and corruption with impunity in the manner that Mr. Afenyo-Markins did with respect to the Initial Public Offer (IPO) of the Agricultural Development Bank.
The group maintained that, Article 94 (d) of the 1992 Constitution has been gruesomely breached with impunity by the MP.
For this it said “we also believe that such criminalacts on the part of a Legislator and a lawyer do not only bring his name and that of the Parliament of Ghana into disrepute, but also a dent the good image of the General Legal Council”.
The group concluded “we hereby call on your outfit to reactivate and quicken the investigation process to bring fairness and equity are brought to bear on the petition”.