Parliamentary Bribery Saga 'Bribery' committee invites Ablakwa to testify

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa's invitation follows a letter written by his lawyers to the committee threatening legal action if they failed to invite him.

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The Special Investigation Committee looking into the Parliamentary allegation has invited the Member of Parliament for North Tongu constituency to testify in the bribery case after he was earlier excluded.

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa's invitation follows a letter written by his lawyers to the committee.

In the letter, he threatened to take the committee to court if they failed to invite him.

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The letter addressed to the Chairman of the committee, Joe Ghartey said, that the testimony given by the first witness who is also the Chairman of the Appointments Committee were not exactly true hence the need for him to defend himself.

“Our instructions are that our client was served with a letter dated 4th February 2017 with reference number PG/SC/005 by the Clerk to your Committee inviting him to attend upon the Committee as a witness on a date and at a time to be communicated to him.”

 “Our client further instructs us that it has come to his attention that your Committee has decided to limit the number of witnesses to be called to give evidence and that he has not been named as one of such witnesses,” it added.

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“However, in his testimony which was beamed live on National television and which has been widely reported in the national print media, the chairman of the Appointments Committee and first deputy speaker of parliament, Honourable Joseph Osei Wusu, mentioned our client as having told him that the bribery allegation was made up,” it added.

The letter continued: “Since our client was not given an opportunity to cross-examine Hon. Joseph Osei Owusu on this unsubstantiated piece of evidence, it would surely be in accord with the rules of natural justice that our client be heard in his own defence before your Committee.”

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The committee has therefore decided to give Ablakwa the opportunity to also appear before it.

The ad-hoc committee is expected to sit today, [Friday, February 2017] to listen to the testimonies Alhaji Mubarak Mohammed Muntaka, the Minority Chief Whip, MP for Asawasi, Mahama Ayariga, MP for Bawku Central, Mr Boakye Agyarko, the Energy Minister and the North Tongu legislator, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.

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