The deputy Majority Whip in Parliament, Habib Iddrisu, has described the Minority’s decision to boycott the debate and approval process for four deputy minister-nominees as a betrayal.
He said the Minority has no justification for walking out of parliament in protest on Wednesday, June 23, while the House considered the report of the Appointments Committee on the four nominees, following their vetting.
According to the Deputy Minority Leader, James Avedzi, the Chairman of the Appointments Committee had been unfair to the Minority and blindsided them by proceeding with the vetting of the four nominees, even though the Speaker of Parliament had ruled that such an activity should not be held on the occasion of Green Ghana Day.
The nominees in question are the Deputy Attorney General, Diana Asonaba Dapaah; the Deputy Local Government Minister, Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah; the Deputy Sanitation Minister, Amidu China and the Deputy Gender Minister, Zuweira Abudu.
But according to Mr Iddrisu, who is also the Member of Parliament for the Talon constituency, the Speaker of Parliament did not specifically say committees could not sit on that day.
He said the Chairman of the Appointments Committee, Joe Osei Owusu, held a meeting the night before the vetting, and it was agreed at that meeting that the vetting should go ahead.
“The committee was not categorically asked not to sit. The Committee Chairman had a briefing on Thursday to assess whether the next day, the committee would sit or not, and it was agreed that the committee would sit. So when they appeared the next day, the Minority did not turn up. [The MPs who were present] formed a quorum and went on to vet the deputy ministers. Today, the report was delayed, and they said because they didn’t participate, they wanted to walk out,” the Member of Parliament said.