Speaker of Parliament Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye has accepted the apology of the Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga after the Joe Ghartey Committee recommended that he makes an unqualified apology to the House for making false bribery claims against some members of the Appointments Committee.
Prof. Oquaye asked the House to forgive Mr. Ayariga who was found guilty of contempt of Parliament for falsely accusing Minority Chief Whip, Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka and others of taking bribe to influence members of the Committee.
Whilst giving his final ruling on the matter, the Speaker cautioned Mahama Ayariga not to repeat his action in the future else “will have himself to blame.”
Prof. Oquaye’s ruling comes after he accepted an apology letter from the Mahama Ayariga on the matter which was made orally and written.
He reiterated his appeal to Joe Osei-Owusu not to go to court but channel any challenge to the House for redress.
The Bawku Central MP was charged with contempt for making unmerited bribery allegations against Members of the Appointments Committee and the Minister of Energy, Boakye Agyarko.
A special committee, chaired by Joe Ghartey, the Essikado-Ketan MP that was constituted by the Speaker to investigate the matter concluded that Mr. Ayariga flouted Article 122 of the 1992 Constitution, Section 32 of the Parliament Act, 1965 (Act 300) and Orders 28 and 30 (2) of the Standing Orders of Parliament in his claim that the Chairman of Parliament’s Appointments Committee, Joe Osei Owusu was used as a conduit by the Minister for Energy, Boakye Agyarko to distribute a GH¢3,000 bribe to minority members of the Appointments Committee to facilitate Mr. Agyarko’s approval after his vetting.
Mahama Ayariga’s letter of apology
Mahama Ayariga who was expected to apologize to the House when the Joe Ghartey Committee report was first read issued a reluctant one after which the House descended into chaos.
He has however formally apologized in his letter to Prof. Oquaye.
In the letter, he said, “Pursuant to paragraph 141 of the Report of the Special Committee to investigate the Bribery Allegation and the decision of this Honourable House adopting the report, I hereby render an unqualified apology to this Honourable House of Parliament.
Hon. Mahama Ayariga”