BRIBERY: Committee clears Boakye Agyarko and charges Mahama Ayariga with contempt

BRIBERY: Committee clears Boakye Agyarko and charges Mahama Ayariga with contempt

Mahama Ayariga, the Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, has been indicted by the report of the committee investigating the bribery allegations against Members of the Appointments Committee of Parliament.

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Mahama Ayariga

Mahama Ayariga

The legislator was cited and found guilty of being in contempt of parliament for his earlier comments on the alleged bribes.

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The NDC MP has earlier spoken with the Accra-based radio station, Radio Gold, that Boakye Agyarko had wanted to bribe members of the Appointments Committee of Parliament.

According to Ayariga, Boakye Agyarko, who was at the time awaiting approval by parliament, had given money to Whip Muntaka Mubarak for onward distribution to the members of the Minority.

Boakye Agyarko

Boakye Agyarko

However, after weeks of investigation, Joe Ghartey, chairman of the committee set to investigate the claims announced to parliament that Mahama Ayariga failed to produce evidence to back his claims.

Jay Ghartey

Jay Ghartey

Mr. Ghartey noted that everything Ayariga had said was nothing but rumors, of which a "multiplicity...[do] not constitute a fact].

The committee said that Ayariga's unfounded claims damaged the reputation of parliament and dented the integrity on the first deputy Speaker of Parliament Joe Osei Owusu.

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They thus recommended to the Speaker that the NDC legislator be punished as per parliamentary regulations and the constitution of the Ghana.

The five member committee chaired by Joe Ghartey has other members including Ben Abdallah Banda Offinso South MP, Ama Pomaa Boateng, Juaben MP, Benson Tongo Baba Talensi MP, Magnus Kofi Amoatey, Yilo Krobo MP.

Source: Yen.com.gh

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