Muntaka retracts and apologises for bribery comment against Supreme Court judge
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Asawase, Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka has apologised for making bribery allegations against a justice of the Supreme Court.
He alleged that a Supreme Court judge had promised to extend some privileges to a female National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP if she had voted for the NPP’s Speaker of Parliament nominee, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye.
“So shamefully, a Supreme Court Judge calls a colleague lady, telling her what they will give her. She has children, they will help her take care of her children. She can take fuel from a filling station for the four years [should she vote for Prof. Oquaye],” Muntaka had earlier stated in an interview on Joy News.
The Minority Chief Whip in a statement retracted and apologised for his comments which in his view had damaged the reputation of the Justices of the Supreme Court and the Judiciary.
“Admittedly because I did not specifically name any judge, this may have had the effect of scandalising the judiciary in its entirety. This unintended consequence is deeply regretted.”
“I therefore, wish to respectfully retract and apologise for the harm done to the image and reputation of my Lord Justices of the Supreme Court and the Judiciary as a whole,” he said.
Mr Muntaka stated that he had decided to “let sleeping dogs lie and will consequently refrain from any further public comment on the matter.”
The Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin-Yeboah had early said the judiciary had taken a serious view of Mr Muntaka’s allegation and work to find out the truth concerning the issue.
The immediate Past Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo cautioned the Mr Muntaka to apologise since he did not present any evidence to back his allegations
She noted that the issue has upset her, stressing that the allegation has defamed the judiciary and there was the need for urgent apology.