Reasons for rejection of the president’s-nominees. The Minority MPs on the Appointments Committee today
voted on the ministerial nominees so far vetted and have unanimously rejected three of the President’s nominees.
Information Minister-designate Kojo Oppong Nkrumah; Minister-designate for Fisheries and
Aquaculture, Mavis Hawa Koomson and Minister-designate for Food Agriculture,
Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto has been rejected for various reasons.
Made up of a total of 26 members – 13 each from the NDC and the NPP – the Committee begun the
constitutionally mandated vetting process on February 10 and are expected to finish on March 9.
The NDC MPs led by Haruna Iddrisu, a Ranking Member on the Committee, has unanimously
decided to reject 3 candidates brought forward by the President out of the 30 candidates so far vetted.
Reasons for the rejection
Information Minister-designate Kojo Oppong Nkrumah
Mr Oppong Nkrumah who appeared before the Committee on the February 18, was reportedly
rejected on three grounds.
- The Minority MPs said they were not satisfied with the answers he gave regarding his private businesses.
According to them, the Ofoase Ayeribi MP has an 83% share in a company called Oval Market Finance.
This finance company is believed to be involved in some suspicious third-party lending.
- They also said he has dealings with MX24 GH, a content creation, digital agency and media production house
located in East Legon, which he said he didn’t have anything to do with during his vetting.
- The NDC MPs again accuse Mr Oppong Nkrumah of being untruthful with his answers during his vetting.
Minister-designate for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Mavis Hawa Koomson
Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister-designate, Hawa Koomson, who was vetted on the same day as was turned
down mainly for the gun-shooting incident that occurred during the registration of voters in her constituency.
During her vetting, the 55-year-old admitted to firing warning shots in self-defence and
apologized to the Committee and Ghanaians in general for her conduct.
Although MP for Asawaase, Mubarak Mohammed Muntaka questioned the genuineness of her
apology owing to the fact that she had failed to follow up on her constituents who may have
been injured or lost their property in the incident, Mrs Koomson stated that she
was unaware of any such injuries or losses.
Following the incident last year, the Crime Officer who was in charge of investigating the shooting
incident was suspiciously transferred from the Central Region.
According to the Police, the transfer formed part of an ongoing reshuffle in the Ghana Police Service.
So far, no further investigations have been conducted into the matter neither has the MP for
Awutu Senya East been either cleared of the incident.
In light of this, the Minority MPs believes that her violent act cannot be sanctioned by a
ministerial appointment. They have, therefore, rejected her nomination.
Minister-designate for Food Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto
Regarding the Minister-designate for Food and Agriculture, Afriyie Akoto, he is accused of
unilaterally cancelling a horticulture contract with the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority
on January 11, 2021 without authority.
This cancellation according to the Minority Group is unauthorised as he was only a caretaker Minister.
Further, the cancellation, they say, will lead to a $50 million judgment debt for the country.
Following the rejection of these candidates, their nomination will be presented to Parliament for a vote.
Considering the current constitution of Parliament with 137 seats a-piece and one independent
candidate, the outcome of the vote according to political analysts should be fascinating.
Parliament is expected to resume sitting tomorrow March 2 after a 3-week suspension due to Covid-19.
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