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Video Chaos erupts in Parliament over bribery report

Mahama Ayariga was indicted for contempt by the five-member ad hoc committee investigating the bribery scandal that hit the Appointments Committee

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There was commotion in Parliament on Thursday (March 30,2017) evening between some majority and minority members of the House.

The chaos erupted when the MP for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga was charged with contempt by the ad hoc committee set up to investigate the bribery allegation that was leveled against leadership of the Appointments Committee.

As part of recommendations by the Joe Ghartey committee, Mr Ayariga is to offer an apology to the House.

After several protestations, an unhappy Ayariga who appeared dissatisfied with the committee's work said that "Mr. Speaker if you say I should apologise, I apologise."

This half-hearted apology did not go down well with the majority side in the house, leading to exchange of words.

The back and forth continued until the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye adjourned sitting to Friday.

Members from both sides converged in the middle with Sam George leading the onslaught for the Minority side.

But for the timely intervention of some other MPs and some staff of Parliament there would have been a fierce exchange of blows.

READ ALSO: Joe Ghartey committee report out

Findings in the report

According to the report, Ayariga "failed to ascertain the veracity of the rumour prior to publishing same. The Committee further observed that as a result of the publication, trust and confidence among members and inter-party cohesion needed for consensus building at the Appointments Committee has broken down considerably."

"Individual members of the Appointments Committee had become suspicious of each other. The chairman of the appointments committee indicated his distrust for Mr. Mahama Ayariga while Alhaji Muntaka stressed that it will be difficult to deal with his accusers."

READ MORE: Independent body should probe Parliament - Kennedy Agyapong

"The reputation and image of the institution of Parliament has been greatly injured by the allegation. The reputation and dignity of the First Deputy Speaker, other members of the Appointments Committee and that of the Minister for Energy equally suffered considerable damage."

The report added: "As a results of these observations, the committee came to the firm conclusion that Mr. Mahama Ayariga is in contempt of Parliament on the strength of Article 122 of the 1992 Constitution, Section 32 of the Parliament Act (1965) Act 300 and Orders 28 and 30 (2) of the Standing Orders of Parliament.

READ ALSO: CHRAJ petitioned to probe Parliament bribery scandal

"The Committee came to this conclusion because Mr. Mahama Ayariga failed to prove that indeed Hon. Boakye Agyarko gave money to Joseph Osei Owusu to be distributed to members of the appointments committee with a view to bribe them."

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