Live from the Woods: Cash-for-seat probe ‘much ado about nothing’

Trades Minister Alan Kyerematen did no wrong!

This is the screaming conclusion expected to be reached by the five-member committee set up by the Speaker of Parliament to investigate the alleged sale of presidential seats.  It’s an outcome that I believe will expose the Minority’s push for the probe as a misguided political adventure.

Hewers of wood and drawers of water, the Majority and public might describe it after the investigations reveal nothing untoward was done.

Although the drama that played out in the House last Friday and the eventual setting up of the committee, demonstrate a force-to-be-reckoned-with Minority, I see it as a confused and desperate opposition that’s hunting for political crumbs to satisfy its hungry constituents.

Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu

Obviously, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) controlled Parliament with the backing of Speaker Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye could have resisted the committee’s formation if they wanted to. The fact that they allowed the motion to pass shows, nothing explosive will come out of the probe.

It’s a classic case of much ado about nothing, not because the issue is irrelevant but that we know too well the likely conclusion of the committee that it makes the probe unimportant.

I am not expecting anything different from the conclusion reached by the Joe Ghartey committee set up to probe an alleged bribery of Minority Members of Parliament (MPs) in January last year.

Chamber of Ghana’s Parliament

I believed and still believe Bawku Central Member of Parliament (MP) Mahama Ayariga when he said they were offered GHS3,000 to endorse the nomination of the then Energy Minister-designate Boakye Agyarko, despite the committee’s verdict.

The composition of the cash-for-seat committee and its terms of reference both do little to generate confidence around its work.

1). When did the matter under consideration arise?

2). Can it be perceived in terms of what is described as Novus actus interveniens (meaning is this something new that has arisen?).

3). Could the matter have been raised during the regular sitting session with prudent vigilance?

4). Has the matter been raised in any form whatsoever during the session and why raise it in moment Parliament is on recess.

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The framework given by Professor Oquaye to guide the work of the committee is itself a way of justifying the money taken by the Trades Minister.

Already, Deputy Trades Minister Carlos Ahenkora has admitted some monies were taken from the expatriates but said they were transferred into the account of the event organisers, Millennium Excellence Foundation (MEF). He has since been acidic anytime this issue is up for discussion.

This explains why president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s clearance of Mr Kyerematen of any wrongdoing in the matter, smacks of a cover-up.

President Akufo-Addo

But if for anything at all, I had expected the Minority to kick against the committee’s formation the minute the speak abandoned his long-held “procedural irregularities” on the motion filed.

In the same way, the earlier committee ended up protecting its own, we should also expect this new committee to protect the executive.

Nothing will come out of it and the Minority will end up being disgraced once more. Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu and his men need to sit up.

They need to hold this government accountable, by being either politically tactical or tactically political. The approach is key.

But if the idea of forming committees that will lead us nowhere is the legacy of our misbegotten times here in Ghana, clearly that would be the most pernicious idea of all time.



The author, Austin Brakopowers is a Broadcast journalist at Joy99.7 and views expressed here are exclusively his and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Multimedia Group Limited or You can reach him via

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