I Won’t Vet Them Today – Mahama Ayariga Tells Parliament

Hon. Mahama Ayariga, Member of Parliament on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for Bawku has said he cannot vet the Minister-Designate for health and the Minister-Designate for National Security because he needs ample time to study the handing over reports of the nominees comprehensively in order to question them in accordance with the reports.

Wednesday, February 10 happens to be the first day of the vetting with the Health Minister-Designate, Mr. Kweku Agyemang Manu as the first nominee to be vetted. Kweku Agyemang Manu is among the first batch of the nominees to undergo vetting because of the country’s quest to tackle the rise in coronavirus infections with immediate effect.

Mahama Ayariga says he has sought for the handing-over notes of the two nominees and has still not been given; hence he will not vet them.

Hon. Ayariga maintains he cannot proceed with the vetting of the two nominees today since he needs their handing-over notes to study thoroughly before he can subject them to interrogations on the basis of their performances as ministers for the past four years or before he can vote in their favour.

“I have said publicly on several media in the last two weeks that I will only vet them if I have their Handing Over Notes which should be a comprehensive record of their work in the last four years. Given that I have not received the Handing Over Notes, despite several efforts on my part, I hereby announce my decision to vote against the two nominees appearing before us today, unless I am given hard or electronic copies of the Handing Over Notes and their vetting is rescheduled to 48 hours after receipt of the Handing Over Notes. It is high time we take our sacred constitutional duties seriously so that those who are appearing before us may consider us serious,” says Mahama Ayariga.

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