The start of this week has been bright as there has been the celebration of the Independence week. There is a lot of anticipation for the 64th Independence celebration of Ghana.
In the past weeks, there was a lot of stir in the parliament house due to the ministerial vetting of the minister designates for various portfolios. Most prominent of them were Mavis Hawa Koomson: minister designate for Fisheries and Aquaculture; Ursula Owusu: minister designate for Communications; Kojo Oppong Nkrumah minister designate for Information.
In a statement that was released to the general public yesterday, the NDC caucus has decided to reject some of the minister designates for reasons best known to them.
One of the most shocking rejection was that of Kojo Oppong Nkrumah minister designate for Information.
Below are the reasons why he was rejected by the NDC caucus.
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah (MP)
a) The Minister-designate for Information was not the least candid with the committee on the multiple infractions of the law leading to the Bank of Ghana’s revocation of the license of Oval Microfinance – a company in which he was 83% majority shareholder.
b) He failed to admit ethical liability for the related party lending between Oval Microfinance and West Brownstone which also belongs to him. He also denied outstanding obligations to Oval Microfinance despite the BoG’s examination report establishing the contrary.
c) He peddled untruths under oath about the circumstances leading to investigative journalist Manasseh Azure relocating to South Africa with the assistance of the Media Foundation for West Africa when the journalist faced threats to his life.
d) The nominee was quite evasive on his association with MX24 TV which is owned and managed by his wife with other family members such as Kwabena Oppong Nkrumah serving as shareholder/Trustee for the parent company of MX24 TV known as Black Volta Publications Limited incorporated recently on the 4th of April, 2017 when the nominee was serving as Deputy Minister for Information.
These are the clear reasons given by the NDC side of the vetting committee.
What do you think about the decisions of the NDC caucus? Do you think they are right to have done this?
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