The Minority (National Democratic Congress-NDC) members, on the Parliamentary Appointments Committee, have boycotted the vetting of the Deputy Minister of Local Government Designate- Martin Agyei Mensah Korsah.
Explaining the reason for their action, the NDC Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu explained that, “We hold a strong view that through the use and misuse of state security apparatus and state security agencies, he [Martin Agyei Mensah Korsah] procured the seat through violence which resulted in the loss of life. There is no investigation, there is no visit by the Minister for Defence or Interior to commiserate, sympathize and console with the family nor even the contemplation of compensation to the family for those valuable lives lost just for him to emerge as a Member of Parliament”.
Honourable Haruna Iddrisu; who is also the Member of Parliament for Tamale South added that, Mr. Korsah (the NPP candidate who was declared winner of the Techiman South 2020 elections), used violence to deny the people of Techiman South, their truly elected Member of Parliament, which is Mr. Christopher Beyere Baasongti (the NDC candidate), during the December 2020 election declaration.
Speaking to JoyNews on Friday, 11th June 2021, Honourable Haruna Iddrisu stated; that the Minority Caucus in Parliament will not see to the approval of an individual elected through violence, stressing that, “Strongly we are protesting to the international community and the Ghanaian community alike that we detest violence during collation and violence in the determination of who becomes a Member of Parliament. That cannot be an acceptable norm of our democratic practice.”
Mr. Martin Agyei Mensah Korsah; (the Deputy Minister of Local Government nominee); sitting before the appointment committee expressed that; “We regret what happened, we don’t think it should have happened, it appeared reckless and it was unnecessary. It was an election and we don’t think that anybody should have lost his/her life. Unfortunately, that was what happened. We are committed to ensuring that there is justice for all those who lost their lives and those who got injured.
The NDC members on the appointment committee boycotting the vetting of a nominee… is that the best way to handle issues?
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