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The Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) has welcomed an investigation by the Chief Justice into the bribery allegation made by Asawase MP, Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka, against a Judge.

According to the Asawase lawmaker, a Supreme Court judge tried to influence the outcome of the Speakership elections for the 8th Parliament.

Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka who was speaking on JoyNews’ The Probe on Sunday, alleged that a very prominent judge contacted an NDC MP; offering an inducement should the person vote in favour of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Speaker nominee, Prof Aaron Mike Oquaye.

He contended that although the judge’s motive was not achieved, the party will probe the issue and take the appropriate steps if necessary.

“Shamefully, a Supreme Court judge called a lady colleague telling her what they will give her, if she votes for Prof Mike Oquaye. He told her that, they will help her take care of her children, she can take fuel from a filling station for free for the next four years.

“So we [NDC] are going to look into it. We will look at the time he made those calls,” he stated.

In a reaction to the allegations made by the Asawase lawmaker, the Chief Justice said he considers this allegation of impropriety a matter of grave importance to the integrity of the Judiciary and has initiated a full swing investigation into it.

However, a statement issued by JUSAG backing a probe into the matter said the allegation is a blot on the image of the Judiciary and cannot be swept under the carpet.

“Allegations of these nature, lower the image of the Judiciary and erode the confidence that the people of Ghana have in it, especially at such a time when the citizenry is looking up to the Judiciary to resolve the election petition that emanated from the just ended Presidential and Parliamentary Elections,” JUSAG said in its statement.

Below is the full statement