Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu claims that Bawku Central MP Mahama Ayariga wants another opportunity to apologise to Parliament for his behaviour on the floor of the House on Thursday.
Mahama Ayariga flared up after he was found guilty of contempt by a report of an investigative committee set up to probe bribery allegation he made against Chairman of the Appointment Committee and Minority Chief Whip, Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak.
The Committee after its investigations said the MP did not adduce any evidence to back the claims he made and recommended that he is made to apologise and reprimanded if Parliament deemed it fit.
The investigative committee was chaired by Joe Ghartey
Mr Ayariga was asked by the Speaker, Mike Ocquaye, to apologise.
But Mr Ayariga had reservations about the Committees’ work. He said under Order 191 which formed the basis upon which the Joe Ghartey Committee was formed, he did not think that the committee had the powers to make findings of contempt against him.
“Mr Speaker if you say I should apologise, I apologise,” he said half-heartedly.
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His response incensed the Speaker who said the issue will be further addressed today when Parliament sits.
The Majority Leader who is also MP for Suame said he found the Bawku Central MP’s reaction surprising and disappointing.
He said he has been told by the Second Deputy Speaker Alban Bagbin that Mr Ayariga is prepared to offer a proper apology if given the opportunity today.
“…later in the evening, I had some discussion with the second deputy speaker who Ayariga had subsequently engaged and given an indication that upon reflection, he realised that he had gone overboard and wants to be given the opportunity to purge himself and render a sincere apology.
“This may mean that he wants a second opportunity to apologise and sufficiently purge himself before his own compatriots in the House,” he told Joy FM’s Super Morning Show host Kojo Yankson.
Chairman of the Appointment Committee and the Minority Chief Whip were said to have facilitated the bribery
Mr Kyei Mensah Bonsu said Mr Ayariga’s behaviour was unacceptable.
He said he expected that even if the Bawku Central felt unfairly treated, he would use the appropriate procedure to seek redress rather than disrespect the Speaker and his colleagues.
“So if he had said that he is displeased with the observations and conclusions of the Committee, nonetheless in deference to the Speaker and his own colleagues in Parliament, and he retracts and apologise, that would have ended it.
“He went on waxing in any way that he could find, trying to even scandalize the committee for the work they had done,” he added.
The Majority Leader is also worried about the few Minority MPs who went to congratulate Mr Ayariga after the display he put up.
He found it incomprehensible and a show of gross disrespect to the House, the Speaker and other members on the floor.
“If today, as I said I’m hearing, Ayariga should come to say that ‘upon reflection what I did yesterday was not good enough, I apologise profusely for that and beyond that I unreservedly apologise for what culminated in scandalizing and bringing the image of Parliament into disrepute’, what will be the place of those of them who went to openly hug and congratulate him for what he did yesterday
“It will indicate to the world that they are men with very low integrity and that they are not people who have the level of training and wisdom and intellectualism to be in the house. It would have brought their own images down,” he said.