- In January of this year, Mahama Ayariga alleged that the Appointments Committee chairman had received a bribe from Boakye Agyarko
- Osei Owusu has said that the allegation has left him feeling bitter despite being exonerated by the investigatory committee
Joe Osei Owusu, the chairman of the parliamentary Appointments Committee, has said he still feels anger at the unfounded bribery allegation made against him by the Bawku Central MP, Mahama Ayariga.
Speaking to Starr FM's Bola Ray, the first deputy speaker of parliament said that he found the whole situation unfair, stating that he is still bitter about the way he was treated.
Mr Osei Owusu said that he still had to indulge Ayariga at Appointment Committee meetings but that was as far as their communication with each other went.
He further noted that he could not look some people in the eyes, as he was extremely disturbed by the accusation.
Mr Osei Owusu is speaking for the first time on the scandal after the declaration by the ad hoc investigatory committee (that was set up to probe the bribery allegation) that he and the other alleged bribe conspirator, Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak were innocent of the allegations.
In January this year, during the vetting of Akufo-Addo's then ministerial nominees, Mahama Ayargia had alleged that the now Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko, had offered a bribe of GHC 3000 to members of the Appointments Committee which was distributed by Osei Owusu and Muntaka.
Mr Ayariga accused the members of receiving the bribe as an incentive to fast-track Boakye Agyarko's approval after his vetting.
After the ad hoc committee's investigation, their report debunked Ayariga's claims, describing them as unfounded, and was declared in contempt of parliament for his allegations.
The committee demanded that he apologize for harming the reputation of the Appointments Committee chairman and the parliament in general.
Mahama Ayariga's initial attempt at apologizing was met with outrage by most of the House, with the Majority Chief Whip declaring it as 'no apology'.
The Speaker of Parliament rejected the said apology, offering another chance to redeem himself- which Ayariga did with a proper apology, and then the Speaker accepted stating, "In all the circumstances of this case, I have come to the conclusion that the Honourable Ayariga should be shown mercy on this occasion. May he go and sin no more. He is warned never to peddle such expensive rumors in his affairs in this House."
Watch the video of the MPs fight in parliament over Mahama Ayariga's apology. (Video credit: Ghanaweb TV).
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