It seems as though parliament is still feeling the reverberations of Hon. Mahama Ayariga's bribe allegations, to the extent that some MPs almost came to blows last night over the Bribe Committee's findings.
Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, parliament's Majority Leader, has expressed disappointment at Hon. Mahama Ayariga's response to the Joe Ghartey Committee's findings. He also stated that according to what second Deputy Speaker, Hon. Alban Bagbin, relayed to him he believes that the Hon. Mahama Ayariga was ready to render an apology to parliament.
Yesterday, March 30th, parliament's bribe committee revealed that it found the Bawku Central legislator in contempt due to the fact that he could not produce any proof to back his allegations.
According to the committee's findings, Hon Mahama Ayariga should be made to apologize and further reprimanded for the allegations he made.
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Following the announcements of the committee's announcement the Speaker, Hon. MIke Oquaye, asked Hon. Mahama Ayariga to request. In a move that seems to incense all of parliament's majority members, Hon. Mahama Ayariga said that according to Order 191 he did not believe that he could be compelled to apologize.
Nevertheless, the Bawku Central legislator did render a somewhat halfhearted apology, saying, "Mr Speaker if you say I should apologise, I apologise." A reaction both the Speaker and Deputy Speaker found most unsatisfying.
Hon. Kyei Mensah-Bonsu did say though that following his conversation with the second Deputy Speaker that he was of the opinion that the Hon. Mahama Ayariga wanted to make amends.
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