It has emerged that it was upon the advice and extensive consultation with colleagues lawmakers of which the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Asawase, Alhaji Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka apologize and retracted allegations of bribery leveled against an unnamed Supreme Court judge to preserve the cordial relationship between the judiciary and the legislature.
According to NDC lawmaker for Bolgatanga East, Dr Dominic Ayine who spoke JoyNews’ on Newsfile monitored by MyNewsGh.com, Dr Dominic Ayine stated the move by Mr. Muntaka after several consultations are meant to keep Ghana’s growing democracy intact.
“I also serve as an advisor to Muntaka on many of these matters. I am deeply involved in this and I know what actually happened,” he told host, Samson Lardy Anyenini.
Mr Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka on February 6, in a press release retracted an allegation that a Justice of the Supreme Court tried to bribe a National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament-elect (MP) to influence her in the election of a Speaker of Parliament
The former Deputy Attorney General believes the right thing has been done, he, however, said Mr. Muntaka should have made investigations into the matter before making his claims public
“Our democracy is still fragile and we need to as much as possible ensure that it grows very well. Sometimes, when these things happen, you have institutions locking horns or personalities in institutions locking horns,” he said.
“The judiciary driving an MP to a committee hearing or contempt proceedings and so forth… Remember we are two coequal branches of government and the judiciary wouldn’t have been able to say that Parliament should not make an enquiry into this.
“And if we were making an enquiry into this and it is a public enquiry, you’ll find out that the two arms of government are at loggerheads and fighting each other,” he stated.