I’m In Pain; Joe Wise Cries Out
Chairman of the Appointments Committee has indicated it is with a lot of pain the he presides over today’s vetting exercise.
This is because he is a party to a bribery allegations made by one of the committee members, Mahama Ayariga over the vetting of the Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko.
The Bawku Central MP alleged that, the Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Muntaka Mubarack gave members of the minority monies believed to be from the Energy Minister [then nominee] purportedly through Mr. Osei Wusu, an allegation both Alhaji Muntaka and Mr. Osei Wusu have denied.
The brouhaha has sparked a heated debate in the public circle, further staining the already perceived corrupt image of Parliament.
The Bekwai MP had earlier wanted the vetting exercise stalled until the yet to be carried investigations into the allegations are dealt with but later realized it would stall government business.
Prior to the vetting of the Minister Nominee for Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr. Anthony Akoto Osei, the committee chair took advantage to share with the members his thoughts on the goings on as far as the issue was concerned.
He indicated that, “It is therefore with a lot of pain that I have come to sit here at his table again presiding over this meeting.”
Mr. Joseph Osei Wusu decried the way and manner the bribery allegations has stained Parliament, saying “I understand why people may not trust us here again.”
He said he was aware how in this country, “people are very cynical” but was quick to add they could be right considering the kind of allegations coming and where the allegations were coming from.
Meanwhile, even with the pain, the Chairman went on to preside over the committee and Mr. Anthony Akoto Osei was taken through the vetting process successfully.
Currently the Gender Minster nominee, Otiko Afisa Djaba is being vetted by the committee.
Suraya Alidu Malititi | kapital971.com