The night of January 6, 2021 was an eventful night in the parliament house of the Republic of Ghana. From the screens of our televisions, we witnessed enough drama and some rather regrettable incidents in the parliament house of the Republic of Ghana.
The purpose of this sitting by our Members of Parliament-elect at that night was meant to dissolve the then 7th parliament in order to usher in the 8th parliament; and subsequently to swear in the then President-elect, who is now the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The unfortunate scenes we all witnessed from our screens on the night of 6th January 2021 was ignited basically by the quest of the two main sides of the house to ensure that by every means possible, the speaker of parliament elected emerges to be the person they have nominated.
Fast-forward, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin emerged the elected Speaker of the 8th parliament.
However, events which unfolded after the election of the speaker witnessed the Minority Chief Whip of the 8th parliament, Muntaka Mubarak, making some bribery allegations of a supposed Supreme Court Judge whom Muntaka said had made attempts to bribe an NDC female Member of Parliament (MP) to vote for Right Honorable Reverend Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, who was the nominee by the NPP side for the position of the Speaker of the 8th parliament.
Following this allegation, we witnessed a proactive step taken by the Ghana Judicial Service calling on Munkata Mubarak to assist the Judiciary in investigating into the allegation he had made.
Indeed, upon some further interviews which were granted by some leaders of the NDC, they indicated that they were ready to provide evidence to support the allegations the Member of Parliament had made.
Surprisingly, some few moments ago we have witnessed a letter from Muntaka Mubarak, apologising to the judiciary service and retracting the allegations he made; which later appeared to taint the image of the Judiciary. Among other things he said in the letter above, Muntaka called for, “sleeping dogs to be made to lay”.
Subsequent after this letter was released into the public domain, many people have expressed their dissatisfaction to the contents of the apology letter. Some are saying, “Muntaka lied”, others are saying, “Muntaka should have mentioned the name of the said female MP”, whereas others are yearning for the Judicial Service to reject the apology and to employ punitive measures to deal with Muntaka Mubarak.
Meanwhile, speaking on News File of Joy News channel, Dr. Dominic Akuritinga Ayeni, MP of Bolgatanga East; and a member of the NDC legal team in the ongoing election petition hearing, has indicated that, “Muntaka never lied about the bribery allegation due to these 2 reasons: first, the alleged call was actually received. Second, the call was indeed received by a female MP from the NDC’s side. However, what Muntaka failed to do was whether the alleged call was truly from a Supreme Court Judge or it was just from an imposter”.
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