The Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has indicated that it will allow Parliament to conduct a full-scale investigation into the bribery scandal that has hit the Appointments Committee.
The Commissioner of CHRAJ, Joseph Whittal, who made the revelation, was however quick to add that the Commission will monitor the investigations closely to ensure that there is transparency.
The Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga [who levelled the bribery allegation against the then Energy Minister nominee, Boakye Agyarko], as well as Members of Parliament for North Tongu and Tamale North have petitioned the Speaker of Parliament, Michael Oquaye to investigate the case.
Many have however questioned Parliament’s ability to conduct a fair and independent investigation into the saga.
But responding to these concerns on citi fm, Mr. Whittal said “I agree with those who think like that but we should still agree that the constitution has given the mandate to Parliament …and this is an opportunity for the leadership of the House to be seen to walk the talk of fighting corruption and so let us give them an opportunity.”
He stated that CHRAJ will only intervene in the investigation if it is not carried out fairly or they are called on by Parliament to do so.
“This is the time; we will see whether they mean business or not. Otherwise we will definitely come in. On the other hand if Parliament is interested in calling the Commission to intervene we will willingly do so. “