Gives Names & CCTV Footage As Evidence
The Member of Parliament (MP) of North Tongu in the Volta Region, who is eagerly seeking to appear before the Joe Ghartey Committee investigating the bribery allegation, has revealed what could best be described as a bombshell, which could establish that indeed Boakye Agyarko, offered a bribe to the Minority Members of Parliament to have him approved as Energy Minister.
In a memorandum submitted to the Joe Ghartey Committee and cited by The Herald, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, disclosed that a video tape from a CCTV footage dated Friday, January 27, 2017, be sought from Parliament to confirm how some two MPs in the House, separately returned two white envelopes containing Mr. Agyarko’s GH¢3,000 bribe to the Minority Chief Whip, Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak.
This was after the two MPs, had stormed the offices of the First Deputy Speaker and Chairman of the Appointments Committee, Joseph Osei-Wusu, to confirm reports making the rounds in Parliament then that, the money which they were made to believe by Alhaji Muntaka Mubarak, were their sitting allowances, had actually come from Mr. Agyarko by way of a bribe.
The two Minority MPs, according to Mr. Okudzeto, are ready and willing to appear and testify before the Joe Ghartey Committee to help it establish the fact that, the then Energy Minister-designate, offered a bribe to be approved.
The North Tongu MP’s document, also mentioned how he personally, returned the bribe money to Alhaji Muntaka Mubarak in his office in the presence of Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye; the MP for the Odododiodoo Constituency in the Greater Accra Region.
Again, Mr. Ablakwa, demanded that the Joe Ghartey Committee invites Mr. Vanderpuije on what he witnessed “when I returned my envelope containing the money and therefore can bear witness that I indeed returned the envelope in issue to the Chief Whip (Hon. Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak)”.
According to Mr. Ablakwa’s three-page document dated February 24, 2017, “the Minority side of the Committee few days after receiving this information from the Chairman of the Committee, were called by our Chief Whip Hon. Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak, to pick up our allowances from his office”.
He continued that “the morning after I picked up my envelope, and in the Chamber of Parliament, it became evident from information gleaned from other members of the house that the envelopes we picked up which we thought contained our allowances, were actually from another source. This was the morning of Friday 27th January, 2017”.
Mr. Ablakwa said that, “at this point, two members of our side on the Appointments Committee then decided to verify from the Chairman of the Appointments Committee Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu if there was any substance in what was making the rounds. These two members received confirmation from the Chairman that the money we had received was not our allowance as we had thought and that the envelopes containing Three Thousand Cedis (GHC3, 000) each were from Mr. Boakye Agyarko. At this moment, those of us on the minority side of the Appointments committee in the Chamber, quickly conferred with our leaders and we decided to hold an emergency meeting in the office of our Chief Whip, Hon. Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak. At the said meeting, we resolved to return the money after further checks confirmed the source”.
The former Deputy Minister of Education in the Mahama administration in the document said, “I hold the view that these two members of the Appointments Committee, referred to in the previous paragraph who confronted the Chairman Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu are very critical to unraveling the truth in this matter. Subject to the Committee’s willingness to offer them a hearing, I will provide their names. May I add that the two Honourable Members have expressed their desire and determination to fully cooperate with your esteemed Committee.”
To this end, he said “…I humbly request of your Special Committee to examine the CCTV footage of Friday 27th January, 2017, between the hours of 11am and 1pm on the 8th Floor of the Parliamentary Office Complex (Job 600) which will show my humble self and others returning our envelopes to the Chief Whip’s (Hon. Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak) office”.
“I also further respectfully request that you invite the Hon. Nii Lantey Vanderpuije who was in Hon. Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak’s office when I returned my envelope containing the money and therefore can bear witness that I indeed returned the envelope in issue to the Chief Whip (Hon. Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak)” he added, and while “exceedingly grateful for the opportunity to assist” it “in this matter”.
The Joe Ghartey Committee, is expected to work on the document by inviting the three MPs mentioned and also demanding for the Friday, January 27, 2017 CCTV footage to aid its investigation. the probe is keenly being followed by the public.
Meanwhile, all eyes are on the National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Yilo Krobo, Magnus Kofi Amoateng, who many believe is seeking to shield Mr. Boakye Agyarko from embarrassment, hence appears to be heckling some witnesses.
Mr. Agyarko’s mother is from Yilo Krobo and Mr. Amoateng, is coming across as someone protecting his kinsman.