According to legal experts, willfully displaying disrespect for the rules of a legislative body amounts to contempt. This explains why Mr Mahama Ayariga’s case of unsubstantiated claim of bribery allegation against some MPs was considered contemptuous of parliament.
However, this paper is happy that at long last, before the rise of the country’s legislative body for the Easter break, the MP for Bawku Central, Mr Ayariga, rendered an unqualified apology to Parliament last week, since he did not have any evidence to back his bribery allegation against his colleague MPs.
The initial apology from the Bawku Central MP was done in very bad taste. He stated in Parliament that if he was required to render an apology, then he was sorry.
This conditional apology was unacceptable. It indicated that there was no sign of remorse on the part of Mr Ayariga.
Contrary to the initial apology rendered, we are of the view that a sincere apology amounts to an essential life skill that requires a considerable level of emotional intelligence. Such emotional intelligence involves behavioural traits such as self-awareness, self management, inter-personal awareness and also the ability to build positive inter-personal relationships with offending parties.
Again, a sincere and honest apology brings about acceptance of one’s fault, preparedness to swallow one’s pride and lay down a necessary condition to let sleeping dogs lie.” It also helps to promote trust and good will.
On his part, the Right Hon. Speaker of Parliament, Professor. Michael Aaron Oquaye, deserves special commendation for the able manner in which he handled the matter in Parliament. He appealed to those who were wrongly accused to have places in their hearts to forgive Mr Ayariga.
By extension, the Times believe that the Energy Minister, Mr Boakye Agyarko, is also expected to forgive Mr Ayariga, who was asked by the Speaker “to go and sin no more.”
Members of Parliament are not above reproach. They are always required to encourage their guilty colleague(s) to throw in the towel whenever it becomes necessary to render an apology.
For this reason, irrespective of one’s political affiliation, MPs are to see themselves as one. They should always work hard to pursue the national interest, giving praise where it is due and condemning any wrong doing when found necessary.
Law makers should also adhere to principles of morality at all times, so that irrespective of which MP is at fault the right thing should be done for peace to prevail.
Engaging in open fight with each other or resorting to the casting of insinuations in the name of parliamentary democracy, as occurred in the Bawku Central MP’s case in Parliament, is not good enough for this country.
The Times is of the view that no matter the level of provocation, incidence should never happen again. Our MPs are noble people, so they need to encourage good governance through healthy debate, critical examination of issues.
Our MPs should also ensure oneness of purpose and good or pleasant relationship with each other to promote Parliamentary practice democracy and development.
They should demonstrate culture of democratic decency that we need to portray to our children and the people of this country, so that the truth will always prevail in society.