Bawku Central Member of Parliament (MP), Mahama Ayariga has been challenged to swear with the gods if he indeed believe in his account that Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko offered him and minority members of the Appointments Committee bribe.
Traditional priest, Kwaku Bonsam speaking on Adom FM’s Entertainment Hall on Saturday said this is the only means of knowing if the MP is telling a lie or not.
“Honourable Mahama Ayariga must be made to swear by the gods and all other members invited too must be forced to do same because the gods work in a quick action manner and would not disappoint…,” he said.
Kwaku Bonsam made the admonition while commenting on call by Nigerian actor, Pete Edochie that politicians and other public servants must be made to swear by the gods before being ushered into office.
Chief Edochie who paid a courtesy call on the former president of Ghana, H.E Jerry John Rawlings on Friday with casts of the new move said state officials who swear with the bible become corrupt when they are in office.
To him, God forgives easily so these officials do not take the oath serious whenever they hold the Bible to swear.
The Nigerian actor further said that the smaller gods are not merciful like the Almighty Who created heaven and earth so that will put fear in these corrupt leaders.
And this assertion, Kwaku Bonsam said was the best as politicians have over the time shown that they do not fear the Bibles and Quran they swear with.
“I am very grateful to the Nigerian actor, my gods will bless him…swearing with the gods will help a lot because people will fear to do bad…I support swearing with gods.
“The bribery saga, I have told them to let them swear by the gods because the gods action in a quick action format…,” he argued.
Mahama Ayariga sparked public outrage on January 27 when he told a pro-NDC private network – Radio Gold – that the minority chief whip had distributed GH¢3,000 to some NDC MPs and claimed that Alhaji Muntaka had told him the money was coming from the Chairman of the Appointments Committee, Joseph Osei-Owusu aka Joe Wise, at the instance of Mr. Agyarko.
As a result, the speaker of parliament, Prof Mike Oquaye, set up a five-member Special/Ad-hoc Committee chaired by MP for Essikado and Minister of Railways Development Joe Ghartey, to investigate the allegation.
The committee is specifically looking into the allegation against Mr. Osei-Owusu, whom Mahama Ayariga had cited as the conduit for bribing the MPs; and Alhaji Muntaka, whom Mahama Ayariga claimed had brought the money.
Boakye Agyarko has vehemently denied paying any bribe to be approved by parliament while both Mr Osei-Owusu and Alhaji Muntaka have also dismissed Mahama Ayariga’s claim.
Mahama Ayariga himself has already told the committee that he had no direct evidence to prove his allegation against both Mr. Agyarko and Mr. Osie-Owusu, but insisted that Muntaka had told him that the money came from Mr. Osei-Owusu on the instructions of Mr. Agyarko.
Among all the people who have appeared before the Joe Ghartey committee, it is Ayariga who is standing alone, with others flatly denying that any bribe had come from Boakye Agyarko or any individual.
Another NDC kingpin, Allotey Jacobs, Central Regional chairman of the party, has also ruled out Boakye Agyarko giving out bribe to the vetting committee members.
He proclaimed that the bribery probe would end nowhere.