Ace broadcaster and lawyer, Mr Moses Foh Amoaning, has joined the Parliamentary bribery allegation commentary and said he was convinced the Bawku Central Member of Parliament, Mr Mahama Ayariga, made the bribery allegations against three MPs and a Minister based on false information.
According to him, Mahama Ayariga should have examined critically the source of his information on the bribery claim against the chairman of the Appointments Committee of Parliament, Joseph Osei-Owusu, Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko other MPs before going public.
“He [Ayariga] must tell us who informed him about the said alleged bribe, ” Foh Amoaning said.
Following Mr. Ayariga’s claim that some GHC3,000 was given to some Minority MPs on the Appointment’s Committee in a bid to influence their decision, the Speaker of Parliament constituted an internal probe into the matter.
The Joe Ghartey-led committee was tasked to investigate, among other things, whether the Chair of the Appointment Committee, Joseph Osei-Owusu, sanctioned the disbursement of the bribery money as claimed by Mr. Ayariga.
The Committee, however, found no evidence to support the allegations by the Bawku Central legislator and, therefore, recommended that Mr. Ayariga should be punished.
The Committee also said in its report that Mr. Ayariga failed to prove that Mr. Boakye Agyarko, the Energy Minister, gave money to Mr. Osei-Owusu, Chairman to be distributed to the committee members with a view to bribing them to approve Mr. Agyarko’s nomination by consensus.
Mr. Ayariga subsequently offered a half-hearted apology, however, the Speaker, Prof. Mike Ocquaye, is expected to deliver his ruling on the matter by Friday, April 7, 2017, before the House goes on recess for Easter holidays.
Commenting on the matter, Foh Amoaning said contrary to indications by Mr. Ayariga, going to court will not be a good move.
“If Ayariga wants to go to court then [Mr. Osei-Owusu] must also be allowed to go to court” Foh Amoaning emphasized.
Mr. Osei-Owusu had threatened to go to court to seek redress for the damaging allegation made against him, but he later backed down.