Parliament’s Appointment Committee will later today continue vetting of President Akufo-Addo’s ministerial nominees.
Three Minister-designates are scheduled to appear before the 26-member Appointment Committee today, Friday, 12 February 2021 to make a case for their approval of the ministerial roles.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice-nominee, Godfred Dame and the Minister Designate for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu; as well as; Interior Minister-nominee, Ambrose Dery will be answering questions from the Appointments Committee today.
Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu like Ambrose Dery served in the same portfolio during the first term of President Akufo-Addo’s presidency.
Whilst Godfred Dame is the immediate past Deputy Attorney-General and Deputy Minister for Justice.
Meanwhile, the Coalition of Aggrieved Customers of Menzgold (CACM) has petitioned the Appointment Committee of Parliament to reject the nomination of Mr Godfred Dame as Attorney-General and Minister for Justice.
In a petition to parliament, which said in part. “Consider our submissions on why Mr. Godfred Dame is not suitable for the post of substantive Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Ghana from 2021-2025. Mr Godfred Dame is the respondent in this petition,”
“As the committee is aware, a very high standard must be maintained regarding the current process of the approval of the President’s ministerial nominees by parliament, particularly the future Minister of Justice. We hope you will use this vetting process to assess whether disturbing cases of ethical impropriety and bad judgment exists on the part of the proposed Minister of Justice.”
“The future principal legal adviser to the Government cannot be indifferent; inactive and non-forceful in communicating to government what public interest looks like if over 2 million Ghanaian nationals (who invested well over 100 million dollars into Menzgold) have had criminal financial acts committed against them by identifiable perpetrators.”
“Thus far Mr. Dame has been indifferent when approached by our members and our members’ representatives about this financial crisis which goes against public interest as defined under Article 295 of the 1992 Constitution,” the petition added.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams