The Appointments Committee of Parliament has refused to approve the appointments of three ministers-designate, Whatsup News has gathered.
According to pro-government radio station Asaase Radio, the first to be blocked is the Minister for Food and Agriculture for being arrogant.
“In the case of the Minister for Food and Agriculture-designate, Kwaku Owusu Afriyie Akoto, members of the Minority side of the Appointments Committee accused him of being arrogant when he appeared before the committee and on that basis, they will not approve of his nomination.
The second to be blocked is Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Minister0designate for information, whom the minority side of the Parliament who hold sway on the Appointment Committee insist is an agent provocateur who instigated the Supreme Court judges to cite Dr. Dominic Ayine for contempt in the ongoing Election 2020 petition hearing.
For the last casualty, Hawa Koomson, it is believed the committee simply thought she was not fit for the job following her communication skills faux pas and her failure to logically articulate her understanding of the ministry she is supposed to head.
Conversely, the appointment committee has passed 22 nominees of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. They were reportedly approved unanimously.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) holds sway in the committee with 13 voting members against the ruling New Patriotic Party’s (NPP)’s 12 voting members. The Chairman of the committee, Joe Osei-Wusu who is also from the NPP and who forms the 13th member on his side can only vote as a tie-breaker on the committee.
The NDC and NPP have equal membership on the committee, given the tie in the parliamentary seats in the main chamber at 137 seats on each side.
Meanwhile, the Committee has asked five ministerial nominees to reappear to clear some unresolved queries.
The five are Roads and Highways minister-designate Kwesi Amoako-Atta, Minister-designate for Communications and Digitization, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, Health Minister-designate, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, Attorney General-designate, Godfred Yeboah Dame and John Peter Amewu, Minister-designate for Railways Development.