OccupyGhana, a pressure group, has petitioned the Special Prosecutor to probe the alleged attempt to bribe some Majority Members of Parliament (MPs) who were calling for the dismissal of Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minister of Finance, and Charles Adu Boahen, Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance.
It said the allegation was a potential corruption offence that must be investigated by the Office of the Special Prosecutor to establish the veracity of the claims.
“We have followed media reports from interviews by the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and MP for Suame Constituency and Andy Appiah-Kubi, MP for Asante Akim North Constituency both in the Ashanti Region, which have been widely circulated by other media portals,” the group noted.
OccupyGhana in a letter addressed to the Special Prosecutor, indicated that in those interviews, the MPs alleged that an unnamed, wealthy businessman had attempted to bribe them and that would be an attempt to influence the conduct of MPs in the course of their official duties, a potential corruption offence that fell within the remit of his office.
It stated that it would be available to assist and support with the request should there be the need for that.
Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has already said Parliament would investigate the allegation of bribery levelled against the unnamed popular businessman saying “the alleged bribery has come to my notice, and we will investigate to see if it is true and the motive behind it”.
The said businessman allegedly attempted to bribe Majority MPs to stop them from going ahead with their threat not to cooperate with the government “if President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo did not sack Mr Ofori-Atta and Mr Boahen.
On October 25, 2022, more than 80 MPs on the Majority side in Parliament held a press conference and called on President Akufo-Addo to sack them to restore confidence and trust in the economy.
According to Mr Appiah-Kubi, they were compelled by their constituents to pressurise the president to remove them and cautioned that “if the president failed to heed to the call, they would refrain from participating in any government business in the House including the budget hearing in November this year.