Majority Chief Whip, Frank Annor-Dompreh has lauded the decision by his colleague Muntaka Mubarak to retract the bribery allegation he made against a Supreme Court judge.
Speaking to JoyNews’ Kwasi Asante, he said that although the Minority Chief Whip’s comment could potentially harm the relationship between the legislative and judicial arms of government, he believes the retraction and apology is a step in the right direction.
“I, from the onset, knew it was suspicious, so, I am not surprised he has done the needful. I think all of us need to draw a lesson (from this) as public servants and people occupying the position of influence.”
“We need to be mindful of our utterances, especially when it has the potency of putting at loggerheads both the judiciary and the legislature,” Mr. Annor-Dompreh added.
His comment comes after the Member of Parliament (MP) for Asawase Constituency, Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka apologised for any harm done to the image and reputation of the Lord Justices of the Supreme Court and members of the Judiciary.
This follows his 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 Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah after the allegations launched an investigation into the issue.
In a press release, he said the allegation is seen as “a matter of grave import to the integrity of the judiciary”.
However, in a statement sighted by JoyNews, the Asawase MP wrote, “based upon good counsel, I have also decided to let sleeping dogs lie and will consequently refrain from any further public commentary on the matter which, as I have indicated was originally reported to me by a female colleague Parliamentarian.”
Meanwhile, Mr Annor-Dompreh said, he does not believe parliament as an institution must take punitive actions against Muntaka Mubarak, especially after his apology.
“I think we all know that as humans we err, it is a significant position he has taken by apologising and withdrawing accordingly. I think that matter should be left to rest as such.”
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