After the vetting process, the members of the Appointment committee were expected to vote and affirm the ministers-designate for them to begin working in their respective ministries.
Some Members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Parliament’s Appointments Committee have unanimously decided to reject the approval of some ministers-designate.
These nominees are Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, minister-designate for Information; Hawa Koomson, minister-designate for Fisheries and Aquaculture and Owusu Afriyie Akoto, minister-designate for Food and Agriculture.
According to the Citi News, the decision was taken earlier on Monday, March 1, 2021, in agreement with the national leadership of the party.
Besides the three nominees who the NDC members of the committee have decided not to approve, there are a few others who a decision is yet to be taken on their approval or rejection.
In Hawa Koomson's case, Sammy Gyamfi said that the decision was based on the fact that she discharged firearms during the 2020 voter registration exercise which they deemed was unacceptable.
He also said that Hawa's performance before the committee was also considered in the decision.
Here is what Sammy Gyamfi said about Hawa Koomson;
“She is on record to have gone to a voter registration centre in the company of party thugs and bandits and fired weapons indiscriminately… Somebody like that cannot just be left off the hook. She cannot be treated with kids gloves just because they appeared before the appointments’ committee to say she regrets what she did.”
Although Hon. Hawa Koomson apologized before the committee, Sammy Gyamfi explained that the party views most of those apologies as insincere because since those actions were taken, no apologies were rendered, only for her to give apologies before the Appointments Committee before they want their nominations to be approved.
“Clearly, such an apology is an insincere apology, you don’t need anybody to tell you this apology is insincere,” he added
He also said that the party leadership and its leaders in Parliament are in agreement on which nominees should be rejected or approved.
He however claimed that this move is not to settle score between them and the NPP
“This is not about holding personal scores with people we disagree with. It is about holding those who have held public offices to account for their stewardship to the obligations they swore to uphold,” he said.
On this particular note it means that we are not going to see the Hon. Oppong Nkrumah as the Minister for Information and by this we ask the following questions;
1. What are your stake on the rejection of Hon. Oppong Nkrumah and Hawa Koomson?
2. Which other minister designate do you believe should be rejected?
3. Who are to occupy the place of the rejected Hon. Oppong Nkrumah and Hon. Hawa Koomson?
4. Do you think what the NDC members are doing is a conspiracy or not?
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