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Minority Walks Out of Parliament’s Approval of Martin Adjei Korsah and Three Others

The Minority Group in Ghana’s Parliament has boycotted the approval of the last batch of the President’s nomination for Deputy Ministerial appointments. The last four...
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Ghana’s Minister for Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, has declared his readiness to face the Special bi-partisan Adhoc Committee set up by Parliament to investigate him.

He says he welcomes the probe and that he is ever ready to prove to the Committee the circumstances surrounding the procurement of Russia’s Sputnik-V COVID-19 Vaccines from a private entity at a cost deemed to be above the international price.

‘I will Demonstrate to the Committee that I did not Cause any Financial Loss to the State with Sputnik-V Vaccine procurement,” the Minister stated in a reaction to an accusation on the Floor of Parliament on Thursday, July 8, 2021.

The Minister signed an agreement of a procurement contract between the Government of Ghana and Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum and S L Global for the supply of the Sputnik-V COVID-19 Vaccines at a cost of $19 and $26 when the prevailing price is said to be averaging around $10.

Supporting a Private Members Motion moved on the Floor of Parliament to set up a bi-partisan committee investigate the COVID Vaccine procurement, the Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak, accused the Health Minister of not being truthful with the transaction to purchase the vaccines manufactured in Russia.

There has also been concerns about the high cost of the vaccines which were beyond the prevailing price on the international market as well as concerns of inconsistencies in the integrity of the private company involved in the deal.

Based on this, the Minority have sponsored the Private Members Motion which is in the name of Haruna Iddrisu, Alhaji Mohammed Muntaka, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, Sebastian Ngmenenso Sandaare, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Mark Kurt Nawaane, and Ernest Henry Norgbey.

The Minister has however indicated that he has done nothing wrong and will be proving to the Committee that he took the right decisions in the interest of the public. Watch video of Minister here (https://fb.watch/6Ema2XeZ-Q/ )

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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The Member of Parliament for Efutu and Deputy Majority Leader in Ghana’s Parliament, Alexander Afenyo Markin, is chairing the Special nine Member Parliamentary Committee set up to investigate the circumstances surrounding the procurement of Russia’s Sputnik-V COVID-19 vaccines.

The Committee made up of five members from the Majority side as against four members from the Minority side, has been given quite an expansive term of reference to do its investigative work and report back to Parliament within three weeks.

Afenyo Markin is being supported by the Member of Parliament for Juaboso and Ranking Member on the Health Committee, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, as the Vice Chairman.

The formation of the Committee follows Parliament’s adoption of a Private Members Motion on Thursday, July 8, 2021, spearheaded by some Members of the Minority group in Parliament led by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu.

The composition of Membership as well as the terms of reference of the Committee was deferred to the next day to allow for further consultations between the leadership of both sides of the House.

After a consensus was reached on the composition, the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu presented the list of the Membership of the Committee on Friday.

The other committee members include: Bernard Ahiafor, Member of Parliament for Akachi South; Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi, Member of Parliament for Asanti Akim Central; and Dr. Nana Ayew Afriyie, Member of Parliament for Effiduase/Asokore.

The rest are: Henry Ernest Norbgey, Member of Parliament for Ashaiman; Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, Member of Parliament for Techiman North; Umar Farouk Aliu Mahama, Member of Parliament for Yendi; and Shiela Bartels, Member of Parliament for Ablekuma North.

The terms of reference of the Committee include: to determine whether or not the transaction with respect to the procurement and supply of the Sputnik V vaccine between the Government of Ghana represented by the Ministry of Health and Muktum S L Group qualifies as international Business or Economic transaction under Article 181(5) of the Constitution, and if so, whether it was subjected to prior approval of Parliament.

The Committee is also to determine the procurement process that was followed and the propriety of same. It is also to determine whether the services of the middleman were procured in the transaction and if so, having propriety regard to the relevant laws.

Additionally, the Committee is to ascertain the cost of the vaccines and the justification of the cost of the vaccines and whether the transaction guaranteed value for money for Ghana.

Moreover, the Committee is to determine whether or not any consideration was passed from the Government of Ghana to the middleman.

Furthermore, for the Committee to determine whether or not the Minister of Health misled Parliament during the consideration of the transaction for the procurement of the vaccine.

Also, for the Committee to inquire into any other matters connected to the purchase of the Sputnik V vaccine in the agreement between the GOG and S.L Global.

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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The Minister for Interior, Ambrose Dery, says fire officers who showed up in a taxi cab to put out fire in a village at Akyem Begoro deserve commendation for their innovation in spite of their difficult condition at the time.

The Minister explained that some very strenuous logistical inadequacies underlined the circumstances under which Fire Service Officers in Akyem Begoro travelled in a taxi with fire extinguishers to put out fire.

According to him, the Fire Service Officers went to the fire scene in a taxi cab because at the time of the incident, the station’s water tender was temporarily out of commission.

“The water tender was being worked on by the Eastern Region Maintenance team as a result of clutch failure,” the Minister told Parliament in answer to a question on the Floor filed by the Member of Parliament for South Dayi, Rockson-Nelson Etse Kwame Dafeamekpor.

He further explained that the seven-member crew which were dispatched to the fire scene in a taxi cab “used four 6kg Dry Chemical Powder fire extinguishers and buckets of water from members in the community to douse the fire and to prevent it from further spread to adjoining buildings.”

Mr. Ambrose Dery said the fire officers deserve commendations for being very innovative under the circumstances. Watch video of question time on the Floor of Parliament here (https://fb.watch/6Dc7UVNyrW/ )

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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The Minister for Interior, Ambrose Dery, has disclosed that the Police Officer who was at the center of the violence which characterized the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election, has been withdrawn from the Ministry of National Security and reassigned within the Police Service.

The Minister made the disclosure on the Floor of Parliament on Thursday, July 8, 2021 in an answer to a Parliamentary question filed by the Member of Parliament for Ashaiman, Ernest Henry Norgbey. He wanted to know why the Police Officer was still at post.

“The Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Samuel Kojo Azugu has since 27th May, 2021 been recalled by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) from the Ministry of National Security and duly reassigned within the Ghana Police Service,” the Minister disclosed.

The Emil Short Commission recommended that the revocation of the secondment of DSP Azugu to the Ministry of National Security as the Head of the SWAT Team after he was indicted for unprofessional conduct which led to the violence at the Ayawaso by-elections where some persons were hospitalized and an MP slapped.

Despite the recommendation by the Commission of Inquiry led by Emil Short, DSP Azugu remained at the National Security Ministry until recently where he has again been cited in an incident involving the arrest and manhandling of two journalists in Accra for filming cars at a restricted security zone.

Wwatch video here (https://fb.watch/v/2LTXip4Ly/)

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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The Parliament of Ghana has adopted a Private Members Motion to set up a special bi-partisan adhoc Committee to investigate the procurement contracts between the Government of the Republic of Ghana and Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum and one other for the supply of Sputnik-V COVID-19 Vaccines.

The membership of the Committee and their terms of reference is yet to determined by the leadership of both sides and reported back to the House on Friday, July 9, 2021.

The Motion which was filed by some seven Members of Parliament from the Minority side of the House, have stressed the need for a Parliamentary probe into the agreement because of what they believe to pricing and policy inconsistencies concerning the procurement of the vaccines.

Contrary to expectations, the Members of the Majority side of the House gave their support to the bi-partisan probe without any fight.

The Private Members Motion was in the name of the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu; the Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak; Ranking Member on the Health Committee, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh; and Member of Parliament for Daffiama/Bussie/Issa.

The others are: the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa; Member of Parliament for Nabdam, Dr. Mark Kurt Nawaane; and Member of Parliament for Ashaiman, Ernest Henry Norgbey.

Moving the Private Members Motion on behalf of the group, the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, said they were invoking the power of inquiry and investigation of Parliament according to Article 103 of the 1992 constitution. Watch video of the Minority Leader on the Floor of the House here (https://fb.watch/v/1qlDJYioK/).

The Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, on his part pledged support for the motion and indicated that the exercise of the oversight responsibility of Parliament was at the heart of the motion.

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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The Parliament of Ghana has approved a loan amount of 200 million Dollars as an additional financing for the Ghana COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness and Response Project.

This is to enable the rolling out of a mass vaccination programme in the country since a number of individuals who had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are yet to receive the second dose.

Presenting the Finance Committee report on the Financing agreement between the Government and the International Development Association on the Floor of Parliament on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, the Committee Chairman, Kwaku Kwarteng disclosed that part of the facility will be used to purchase COVID-19 vaccines.

According to him, the pressing need to activate a robust COVID-19 vaccination programme as well as strengthen the health system in the country has necessitated the need for this additional financing.

“This is within the context that the number of individuals who had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination in Ghana as of March 2021 is estimated at 475,000 out of the target 17.5 Million people,” he explained.

The Project Development Objective for the loan facility is to prevent, detect and respond to the threat posed by COVID-19 and strengthen national systems for public health preparedness in Ghana.

Though the Minority supported the approval of the loan facility, they have asked the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Health to come and account for funds which were approved by Parliament for the COVID-19 interventions by Government.

The Ranking Member on the Finance Committee, Cassiel Ato Forson, has served notice to file a motion to compel the Ministers to account to Parliament on the utilization of the said amounts, should they fail to do it.

The repayment period for the loan facility is 25 years with a grace period of 5 years. The interest charge is about 1.39 percent, with a grant element of 21.3 percent.

Following the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease, the Government of Ghana sourced a 100 million Dollar funding from the World Bank in April 2020 to support the implementation of the COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan (EPRP – I).

An additional financing of 130 Million Dollars was again sourced from the World Bank Group in November 2020 to roll-out the (EPRP – II) to strengthen and to scale up the gains from the (EPRP-I).

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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The Minority Leader and Member of Parliament for the Tamale South constituency, Haruna Iddrisu, has advised military officers in the country, to always use lawful means to resolve any grievances they may have with the civilian population.

According to him, the Ghana Armed Forces risk losing its relevance in the society and respect in the eyes of the citizenry if it continues to employ uncivilized means such as beating up and maiming the civilian population at the least provocation.

“Whatever grievances any member of the Ghana Armed Forces has, we are a country governed by law, they cannot continue to take the law into their own hands. We will not accept a state of normlessness in this country; a state of lawlessness led by men in uniform,” the Minority Leader said on the Floor of Parliament in a reaction to the recent military brutalities in Wa, in the Upper West region.

Parliament has commissioned the Committee on Defence and Interior to investigate the facts of a video going around in the media landscape where a group of military officers were seen beating up people, they came across in the town indiscriminately.

The military brutalities which were caught on a phone camera by an amateur film maker, was allegedly triggered by a report that a military officer in mufti was robbed of his money and phone at knife point in the town.

The military rampage has left many people injured and hospitalized.

“In the fear and panic created in the society, which hitherto is a peaceful society, what kind of relationship does the Ghana Armed Forces want to have with the civil population of Ghana?”, the Minority Leader quizzed.

He added, “don’t forget, your uniform and your number of ammunitions will not be enough to contain a civilian rejection, that enough is enough.”

The Minister for Defence, Dominic Nitiwul, told Parliament that the soldiers who engaged in the act which he said is uncharacteristic of the Ghana Armed Forces, would be punished after an investigative team made up of the Ministry, National Security and the Military Intelligence Unit completes its investigations.

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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The Minority Leader in Ghana’s Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, has asked the military high command to stop soldiers from their frequent intimidation and attacks on the rights and freedoms of the people before they incur their wrath.

According to him, recent developments between the military and the civilian population in the country has not been the best and that, it is beginning to mare the cordial relationship which should exist between the two.

His comment comes at the back of reports of two separate military brutalities in Ejura-Sekyedumase in the Ashanti region and the Wa township in the Upper West region. Two people belonging to a group of protestors demanding for justice for their murdered colleague in Ejura-Sekyedumase, were shot dead and several others were injured by the group of military officers who were sent to control the crowd.

Also, some soldiers went on rampage in the Wa township and started brutalizing anyone they came across. They subjected them to severe beatings in a reaction to reports that one of their military colleagues who was in mufti was robbed of his money and phone in the town.

Following these incidents which happened in a sequence on Monday and Wednesday, the Minority group in Parliament led by Haruna Iddrisu, put on a red arm band on the Floor of Parliament on Friday, July 2, 2021 to protest what they refer to as “the rising sense of insecurity” in the country.

This led the Speaker to give a directive for the Parliamentary select Committee on Defence and Interior to collect and collate the facts regarding the military invasion at Wa in the Upper West region and report back to the House within four weeks.

Raising the concern on the Floor of Parliament, the Minority Leader sounded a word of caution to the Ghana army to be wary of the wedge being created gradually between themselves and the civilian population.

“There appear to be a worrying development in the country which borders on the safety and security of Ghanaian citizens largely led by the men in uniform, the Ghana Armed Forces. We have not put Ejura behind us yet. We know that there were some excesses there that resulted in the loss of life following the death of Ibrahim (Kaakah).

“There is indication that military-civil relationship is at its lowest ebb and the undermine is led by the men and women of the Ghana Armed Forces,” he observed.

The Minority Leader cautioned the military not to take the law into their own hands any time they feel aggrieved because the country is governed by laws.

“Whatever grievances any member of the Ghana Armed Forces has, we are a country governed by law, they cannot continue to take the law into their own hands. We will not accept a state of normlessness in this country. A state of lawlessness led by men in uniform.”

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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Ghana’s Minister for Defence, Dominic Nitihul, has admitted that the military personnel who invaded and terrorized the people in Wa in the Upper West region, acted unprofessionally.

The Minister said, it was uncharacteristic for members of the Ghana Armed Forces to put up such a behavior against the very people they are supposed to protect. He assured that the Ghana Armed Forces is set to activate a set of disciplinary measures against those involved as soon as an internal investigation is completed.

“The Ministry has already set up a small committee from the National Security, from the Defence Intelligence and another person to go there and find out exactly whether there are other remote causes. Because, it is simply not a military culture to just move into a town to molest people. It is not something I have heard before,” he said.

The Minister made the comment on the Floor of Parliament on Friday, July 2, 2021 in a reaction to demands by the Minority for a Parliamentary inquiry into reports of a military brutality in Wa over a stollen phone belonging to a military officer.

He narrated that according to briefings he received, the soldier’s invasion on the Wa township was triggered by a report by one of their colleagues that he had been robbed of his phone and money at knife point in the town. In solidarity, they marched up to the town heavily and took it hostage it. They descended heavy beatings on anyone they set their eyes on in the town, injuring many of them.

Following agitations by the Minority side who wore red arm bands on the Floor of the House in protest, the Defence Minister reported to Parliament that the “Military immediately issued a statement this morning condemning what has happened and promising to discipline the officers who did that. They have also sent the Chief of Army Staff because of the seriousness with which we view this matter.”

According to him, this incident was really unfortunate because it was not sanctioned by the Regional Minister or the commanding Officers; neither was it sanctioned by anybody in Accra.

“It was a spontaneous reaction of some young men and women of the Armed Forces who moved to town to do that with some trigger they felt was the issue,” he explained.

The Speaker has therefore tasked the Committee on Defence and Interior to “collect and collate the facts and report to the House within four weeks.”

Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com

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