General News of 2014-03-10

Akomea calls for an inquiry into Babgin’s bribery allegation

Former Member of Parliament for Okaikoi South, Nana Akomea, has described as frightening, bribery allegations leveled against Members of Parliament (MPs) by former Majority Leader, Alban Sumana Bagbin.

According to him, such allegation against Parliament, which is the “centre of our democracy”, brings the name of the House into disrepute.

The Nadowli Kaleo MP at a workshop organized by Star Ghana over the weekend in Koforidua alleged that some MPs accept bribes to articulate the views of some individuals and organizations on the floor of Parliament.

He blamed the phenomenon on the susceptibility of MPs and the lack of laid-down rules and ethics for lobbying in the country.

The allegation has incurred the wrath of his colleagues with the Minority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu challenging him [Bagbin] to provide evidence or withdraw the allegation.

But speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Monday, Nana Akomea said National Security should, as a matter of urgency, institute an inquiry into the matter.

“There has to be a national inquiry if people are alleging blatant corruption in Parliament. This is what Gbevlo Lartey should go and investigate”, he stressed.

He further indicated that such allegations by Alban Bagbin, a legislator with several years of experience and a former majority leader, must not be allowed to be swept under the carpet.

Basing his argument on a similar allegation made by the former MP for Asikuma Odobeng Brakwa constituency, Paul Collins Appiah Ofori, the former Okaikoi MP noted that people, who make such unsubstantiated allegations, must not be allowed to go scot-free.

Nana Akomea said such allegations from senior members of Parliament, if left unattended to will give more credence to claims that Ghana is now a “Republic of corruption”.

Source: myjoyonline.com
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