Bribery scandal: Pratt backed calls for live telecast of committee proceedings

Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwasi Pratt Jnr. is supporting calls for proceedings of the Committee investigating allegations of bribery of Parliament’s Appointments Committee to be televised.

Kwasi Pratt is of the view that, when proceedings of the investigation is telecast live, as it was done in the 2012 election petition at the Supreme Court, the populace will appreciate the outcome of the investigations.

Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye, set up a five-member Special Committee headed by former second deputy Speaker Joe Ghartey, to investigate claims by Mahama Ayariga, Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Alhasan Suhuyini, and Okuzeto Ablakwa that attempts were made to bribe members of the Appointments Committee to approve the then Energy minister-designate, Boakye Agyarko.

Speaking on Radio Gold’s current affairs program Alhaji and Alhaji Saturday, Mr. Pratt urged “those who advocated for the election petition to be telecast live to do same in this case.”

“Why are those who were calling for the election petition to be aired live silence on this matter? They should be calling for same. Even though I have problems with Parliament investigating itself, Ghanaians would see everything live and that would bring this matter to a close no matter the final decision that will be taken by the Committee,” he advised.

CHRAJ and the Minority in Parliament have made similar calls for public hearing of the committee investigation. The Committee has been given four weeks to conclude its investigations.

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