Alban Bagbin
Alban Bagbin

After an initial attempt to deny?bribery?allegations he made against?Members of Parliament, former Minority Leader Alban Bagbin has turned the guns right back at his colleagues accusing some of them of taking bribes.

Babgin was reported to have made the?allegation?at a STAR Ghana organised workshop. He was quoted to have said ?The reality is that MPs are Ghanaians and there is evidence that some MPs take bribes and come to the floor and try to articulate the views of their sponsors.?

?Because in Ghana we have not developed what we call?lobbying. There are rules; there are?ethics regarding lobbying and we in Ghana think that lobbying is taking money, giving it to MPs and writing pieces for them to go articulate on the floor. That is bribery,? he added.

Shortly after his comments were made public the Nadowli Kaleo MP said his comments had been completely misrepresented.

He?accused?the media of misquoting him and taking his comments out of context.

Barely a day after his denial, the MP who has served 24 years in Parliament has admitted saying that MPs, like Ghanaians are?corrupt.

He told Peace FM’s Kwame Sefa Kai that?organisers?of the workshop had given him the assurance that the workshop was in confidence and that participants would have to be as truthful and as candid as possible.

Bagbin said at the tail end of the workshop one of the?participants?asked him if he was aware that some MPs take monies?before discharging their duties as MPs.

He explained it was this question that provoked his answer.

He said?he was only being truthful when he said some MPs collect bribes.

“It is an open?secret,” Bagbin said challenging his colleagues to stop?behaving?like “ostriches” and admit to the offence.

He admitted that if he knew his candid conversation would become a subject of?public debate?he would not have made the confession.

But the MPs are angry with the statement by Alban Bagbin.

The?Minority Leader?Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu challenged Mr Bagbin to provide evidence of his allegation.

Joy?News?is learning of moves in Parliament to drag the?Alban?Bagbin?before the privileges committee.

Eric Kawkye Darfor, a member of the committee told Joy News’ Parliamentary Correspondent?Elton John?Brobbey that even though the comments by Bagbin still remain an allegation, it has the potential of denting the image of Parliament.



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