Mavis Hawa Koomson, the former Special Development Initiative Minister who went sporadic shooting at an election registration center at Kasoa in the Central Region in July last year, has finally apologized for that gangster behavior.
The so-called gangster Minister only today claimed she regrets her behavior when she appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament where she was vetted as Akufo-Addo’s nominee for Minister of Fisheries.
“Mr. Chairman I want to take this opportunity to also apologize to the people who were so scared on that day. It was in defense of myself because I thought my life was in danger in the circumstance that I found myself,” she told the Committee.
She also pleaded to be spared any more questions on the incident because it is being investigated by the Police.
It took Mavis Hawa Koomson seven months to show contriteness over behavior that has been roundly condemned as totally unbecoming of a Minister of State.
Already, many on social media have called the apology fake, and that it is just an act to get the Appointments Committee to approve her nomination for the Fisheries Ministry.
In July 2020, Hawa Koomson who was then the Minister for Special Development Initiatives had led a gang of thugs that she is reported to have imported from Bawku to the Steps to Christ voter registration center and attacked perceived NDC supporters who were registering.
She and her gang had first seized some motorbikes belonging to riders who had gone to the place to register and set them ablaze.
Her gang had also set upon victims and beaten them to pulp before firing a number of shots, some of which produced stray bullets that hit the gate of a woman and her granddaughter nearby.
The incident forced the Electoral Commission (EC) staff undertaking the registration to abandon the registration and run for dear lives.
After that, she granted an interview, taking responsibility for the shooting and stating that she wanted to show the NDC that it is not only men who could express hooliganism.
Meanwhile, President Akufo Addo has appointed her as the Minister-Designate for Fisheries but during her interview with the Appointment Committee, she appeared as though she was at sea about what her responsibility was at the ministry.
The Appointments Committee can refuse to approve of her nomination and if it does, President Akufo-Addo will have no choice but to withdraw her.