Some NPP MPs even want Health Minister out – Akandoh

Ghana's Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu

Juaboso Member of Parliament, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, has said the Minority in Parliament will be able to garner the required number in the House to enable them get the Health Minister Kwaku Agyemang-Manu removed from office.

He said the opposition MPs require about one third of the total number of Members of Parliament to be able to do that but they have the support of some of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) lawmakers to make it achievable.

“Fortunately, we can. We have even notified Mr Speaker, so it is not as if we are now going to start the process

“Start talking to some of the Majority MPs and they will tell you. The more reason why I was encouraged to even be part of the whole process was that we travel the length and breadth of this country, people will ask, so is the Minister for Health still at post? So as Members of Parliament we will exhaust our procedure and then we live the rest to posterity,” he told TV3’s Johnnie Hughes.

All 137 members of the Minority in Parliament have signed a motion for vote of censure in Agyemang-Manu, who is also the Member of Parliament for Dormaa Central Constituency.

The motion was submitted on Wednesday, February 16 via a memorandum to the Speaker of Parliament.

According to the motion, Mr Agyemang-Manu undertook a business transaction as Ghana’s Minister of Health without prior approval of Parliament contrary to Article 81 of the 1992 Constitution.

He has also been accused of signing a procurement agreement without prior approval of the Board of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA).

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The Minority also accuses the Health Minister of dishonesty, telling the Committee of Health that he procured the Sputnik-V vaccines at an ex-factory price of $10 per dose when they were really procured at $19 and $18.5 per dose.

The Health Minister is also accused of fibbing and misrepresenting under oath, having made a $2.85 million initial payment to the private office of Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum when he told an ad hoc committee that no payment had been made.

The Minority accuses him of perjury.

“The above conduct, being in direct breach of the Constitution and laws passed by this Honourable House, the Minister of Health be removed from office as Minister by a vote of Censure passed in accordance with article 82 of the Constitution.”

When he appeared before the nine-member bi-partisan committee on the procurement of the Sputnik-V vaccines, Mr Agyemang-Manu said he was not himself when he took the decision because the country was in dire straits due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana