Sydney Casely-Hayford, one of the leading members of pressure group OccupyGhana has asked Parliament not to accept the apology rendered by the Member of Parliament for the Bawku Central Constituency, Mahama Ayariga, the man at the centre of the bribery allegations in Parliament.
Speaking on Citi FM’s news analysis programme, The Big Issue on Saturday, Casely-Hayford, the apology should not be accepted because his comments were rude to the Speaker of Parliament and the entire membership of the House.
“If Ayariga is asked to apologise to Bawku Naba, he will not stand there and say if you say I must apologise then I apologize. Under no circumstance would he say that, never,” said Mr. Casely-Hayford.
He explained that if Mr. Ayariga thought the committee had exceeded its mandate during its investigation, was to petition the Speaker of Parliament.
The Bawku Central MP has been charged with contempt for making unsubstantiated bribery allegations against Members of the Appointments Committee and the Minister of Energy, Boakye Agyarko.
The Joe Ghartey committee, which investigated the matter, recommended that Mr. Ayariga be allowed to apologise for his allegations which were deemed derogatory to the image of Parliament.
Although he disagreed with the recommendations, Mr. Ayariga while speaking on the Floor of Parliament on Thursday said: “Mr. Speaker, if you say I should apologize, I have apologized.”
He has subsequently been rebuked for the apology which some believe was not genuine.