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October 3, 2023

Attempted bribery of majority MPs: OSP to take action soon

Kissi Agyebeng
Kissi Agyebeng

The Office of the Special Prosecutor  (OSP) has said it will “issue directives and further action” on the attempted bribery of Members of Parliament within the majority caucus.

The announcement follows a conclusion of “investigation into allegations of an attempt by an unnamed and wealthy businessman to bribe some members of the majority caucus of Parliament.”

This was contained in the OSP’s  First half year report released on June 30, 2023.

In the report, Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng, thanked Speaker Alban Bagbin for his support during the investigations.

“The Office expresses its gratitude to the Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament and his staff for their cooperation and assistance during the investigation.”

OSP took up the matter after the Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu alleged that an unnamed, wealthy businessman attempted to bribe legislators of the New Patriotic Party who were demanding the removal of the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta.

Some Minority Members of Parliament later asked their NPP counterparts to name the wealthy businessman who allegedly tried to persuade them to soften their stance against Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta.

The Minority Caucus at the time stated that “If it is true, we want to know the businessman… people must be interested so they should tell us because this is a serious matter.

“A matter to do with the Finance Minister and you have taken this position and subsequently, a so-called wealthy businessman approach you, and you are telling us this without mentioning the name, I don’t believe that cock and bull story,” one of the NDC MPs said.

Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu however, failed to disclose further details or the name of the said business man.

The Majority subsequently told journalists that  “What I can say of it [the allegations] as of now is that, we don’t know the motive. Not knowing what the motive is, sometimes these things come up, so we will have to establish that.”

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