Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga has welcomed the court’s decision to acquit and discharge him and six others in the case of alleged procurement breaches in the purchase of an ambulance for his constituency.
The High Court on Friday, May 7, 2021 acquitted and discharged Mahama Ayariga and six others upon a submission of no case by their lawyers.
Mr. Ayariga said he had tried several times to explain to the Office of the Special Prosecutor then led by Martin Amidu that there was no wrongdoing in the procurement of the ambulance, but the office did not accept his explanation.
In an interview with Citi News after the court’s decision, Mahama said he was grateful to Ghanaians for the support.
“We’ve been in court for several weeks now and the judge gave a ruling and acquitted and discharged all of us of all the charges that were levelled against us by the Office of the Special Prosecutor. So I just want to thank all those who rallied to support me when the matter was brought to the public attention,” he said.
He further explained that all those involved in the case wanted to help the community and did nothing wrong to be dragged to court.
“Everybody who was involved in the process acted with the singular purpose of just helping the people of Bawku to have an ambulance. The Special Prosecutor took up this matter and all efforts to get him to appreciate that there was nothing wrong with anything that had happened fell on deaf ears, and he decided to prosecute and so today, we thank God that the judge took the position that the prosecution has not made any case against all of us and therefore we should be acquitted and discharged.”
The Special Prosecutor brought two different cases against the Bawku Central legislator; one involving the lawmaker's use of a parliamentary loan approved for the purchase of a V8 vehicle for official use, and the other over an ambulance he purchased for the Bawku Municipal Assembly.