Speaker to rule on Ghartey report today

The Speaker of Parliament Prof. Mike Oquaye is today expected to make a ruling on the Ghartey committee report which indicted Bawku Central MP Mahama Ayariga in the parliamentary bribery scandal.

The Speaker deferred ruling on the matter after Ayariga offered a conditional apology on the issue in Parliament Thursday.

StarrFMonline.com sources however say the former Sports minister has agreed to offer a written apology to the speaker.

Ayariga  was indicted by a 5-member ad hoc committee after he alleged the chairman of the Appointments Committee Joe Osei Owusu was  used as a conduit by the Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko to bribe members to clear him during his vetting.

He was found culpable for not adducing enough evidence to back his claims and has been asked to “render an unqualified apology” to the Appointments Committee’s chairman and the House, because according to the fact finding committee, he has “gravely  injured” the reputation of the committee chairman.

After several protestations, the former Sports Minister stated that “Mr. Speaker if you say I should apologise, I apologise.”