The Minority Chief Whip and Member of Parliament for the Asawase constituency, Muntaka Mohammed Mubarak has described his fellow and MP for Bawku-Central as a lousy liar.
Speaking publicly on the allegations of bribery aimed at the minority group by the then Energy Minister designate, Mr Boakye Agyarko for the first time on news-file, a current affairs show on an Accra based radio station Joy 99.7fm, Mr Mubarak denied ever taking any money from the chairman of the appointments committee for his group to allow the pass the nominee.
According to him, there had never been any discussion of money throughout the parliamentary sittings and the approval processes.
Swearing by the Holy Quran, the Asawase Mp dared Mr Ayariga to swear by the same Quran they both use to ascertain his claims of bribery.
Speaking with pain on the matter on same program, Mr Joe Osei Wusu, 1st deputy speaker of parliament and chairman of the appointments committee slammed Mr Ayariga for peddling falsehood.
He wondered the motivation by which the Bawku Central MP was seeking to gain by peddling an obvious lie.
The Bekwai MP, however, served notice of seeking a private citizen suit against Mr Ayariga since the lies he told had reached an alarming proportion.
He maintained nowhere had money become an issue about the sittings and slammed the Bawku -Central MP for acting in ways that was not parliamentary.
In a strongly worded statement signed by the Public Affairs Directorate of Parliament, Mrs Kate Addo described the said allegations as ‘frivolous, disgraceful and unfounded’.
The statement said nothing of that sort had happened in parliament, noting the parliamentary sittings and approvals had been done according to procedures and regulations governing same.
The statement also urged the public to treat the said allegations with the contempt it deserved since none of the nominees had tried bribing any Member of Parliament.
But speaking to Joy Fm last Saturday on the widely publicized bribery claim, Mr Mahama Ayariga said he was given an amount of three thousand cedis and noted he had to return same to Hon Muntaka after learning from him that it was money meant to grease the palm of the minority to approve the nomination of Mr Agyarko.
He claimed other members of the minority group had received same and questioned how the Public Affairs Department of Parliament could conclude on the matter without first getting his side of the allegations.