#KenMustGo: Majority Leader, Asante-Akim North MP face Special Prosecutor today over bribery claim against wealthy businessman
Majority Leader and Asante-Akim North MP will be questioned today by the Special Prosecutor today over claims that a wealthy businessman tried bribing MPs who were demanding the head of Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta.
Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and Andy Appiah Kubi alleged that a renowned businessman in the country attempted to bribe the NPP MPs to stand down their demand.
According to them, the said businessman met the MPs in Parliament to make his proposal known to them.
However, they failed to name the supposed wealthy businessman to the public which triggered the Special Prosecutor to investigate the allegations.
In October last year, some New Patriotic Party (NPP) MPs demanded the head of Ken Ofori-Atta over alleged poor performance.
The MPs, numbering about 80, held a press conference to impress upon the President to relieve his cousin of the responsibility of managing the national purse or risk losing their support for government business going forward.
They also asked that the Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance, Charles Adu Boahen, be subjected to a similar fate.
It was addressed by MP for Asante Akyem North, Andy Appiah-Kubi.
According to him, the call had been communicated to the Presidency through the leadership but to no avail.
“Notice is hereby served that until such persons as aforementioned are made to resign or removed from office, we members of the Majority caucus here in parliament will not participate in any business of government by or for the President [or] by any other minister,” he explained.
Later, in an interview on JoyNews PM Express, the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonso revealed that an unnamed businessman visited the Parliament House to mediate the impasse.
He explained that in the heat of the arguments in Parliament, the said businessman met some of the legislators.
“I’m told on authority that some businessman came here and tried to do something,” he told Evans Mensah.
The Suame MP insisted that it was meant to help persuade the members of the house against nudging the Minister out of office.
“I was told that he came here and tried to mediate in his own way what he thinks the problem is,” he said.
“He further narrated that “he was repelled by the people and was told not to involve himself. So he went away.”