In the rising tension and controversies over Number 12 exposé, Parliament has set up a special committee to probe bribery allegations within the Ghana Football Association (GFA) contained in documentary by undercover journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
The Honourable Member of Parliament for Bodi, Mr. Sampson Ahi first raised the issue of an inquiry on the floor of the House and called for the resignation of the GFA President, Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi who is under investigations for defrauding by false pretence.
The Honourable Majority Leader, Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu however urged caution, explaining the GFA is a private company and should be dealt with carefully.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Prof. Mike Ocquaye stated that as a matter that concerns the public and is of national interest in Ghana, Parliament can investigate that matter. The speaker gave his ruling after bipartisan calls were made on the floor of the House for an inquiry.
Following the contributions by both sides of the House, the Speaker in his ruling, stated that “since no person, body or institution can assume immunity from parliamentary investigations, I would ask that we form a special committee right now. We all agree we are fighting corruption and Parliament should be the authority that is most interested in view of it being a representative body of the entire people of Ghana”.
He called bipartisan group of MPs to investigate the matter to ensure the work is not bogged down by long debates.
Meanwhile, the latest exposé by Tiger Eye PI on football administration caught in dubious acts in the filming are the GFA President, Kwasi Nyantakyi, some members of the Executive Committee of the GFA, dozens of referees, match commissioners and officials of the National Sports Authority (NSA) taking bribes to fix matches and ensure play time for some players.
In the video, Kwesi Nyantakyi is heard telling private investigators posing as investors that he could help them do business if they paid millions of United States Dollars to the President, Vice-President and some ministers.
He is seen collecting $65,000, promising the ‘investor’ he could ‘take over the whole country’.
Discussions in the public domain of officials captured in the video has intensified following the premiere on Wednesday at the Accra International Conference Centre.