Ghanaian lawyer and politician who is a member of the eight parliamentary of the fourth Republic of Ghana representing Tamale South, Honorable Haruna Iddrisu has been on the news on several occasions amid 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections that caused many to raise an eyebrow on their own morning tea.
In as much as we can’t best tell whether he’s the currently Minority Leader or Majority leader in Ghana’s Parliament following the brouhaha surrounding the it, he has come out to talk about the much talk about ministerial appointments in Ghana.
Apparently, the president elect, His Excellency Nana Addo has charged some former ministers to maintain their respective positions pending the appointment. This ministers include Ken Ofori Atta, who was the Minister for Finance, Alan Kyerematen who was the Minister for Trade, the Minister for Local Government Hajia Alima Mahama, and former Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah and some presidential staffers and former ministers in charge of security being asked to remain at post.
Speaking in a brief interview, Hon Haruna stated that, as we speak, Ghana as a country has no ministers on the grounds that, there hasn’t been full complement and approval by Parliament on Nana Addo’s new ministers nominated as stipulated by Article 78 (1) of the 1992 Constitution.
He also added that its unlawful and the President Of Ghana got it wrong to charge those ministers to maintain their positions as he made a point that, “there is nothing like Acting Minister and the Supreme Court does not recognize such a position.”
“I have seen some ministers still hold themselves about as if they are Ministers. That is unlawful, that is illegal and unconstitutional. As we speak today, Ghana has no Ministers.”
“The President got it wrong, their mandate has elapsed and until they are nominated go through vetting, secure approval of Parliament, they cannot hold themselves as Ministers. So as far as we are concerned, there is nothing like Acting Minister and the Supreme Court does not recognize such a position.” – Hon. Haruna Iddrisu
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