The leader of the NDC delegation in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, has characterized as “unconstitutional” and “illegal” President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-recent Addo’s appointment of some ministers in his first term as “caretaker ministers.”
The Tamale South MP, citing a Supreme Court decision, clarified that in J. In 1997, the Supreme Court ruled that there was nothing like ‘acting’ or ‘holding’ a minister against the Attorney General.
I have seen some of the former ministers who hang on as if they were ministers. This is unethical, illegal and immoral. As we talk today, Ghana has no ministers,’ said Haruna Iddrisu on Joy Prime monitored by GhanaWeb.
“It was unfair for the President. Their term has expired and they will not keep themselves as ministers unless they are nominated, go through vetting, receive Parliament’s approval. There’s nothing like an Acting Minister, as far as we are concerned, and the Supreme Court does not accept such a role.
Comments by Haruna Iddrisu come after President Akufo-Addo threatened some of his former ministers on Monday with retaining their respective positions before new appointments for his second term are made.
The latest appointment of the president follows the conclusion of his first term and the start of his second and last four-year term, which began on 7 January 2021.
To prevent gaps in running state affairs, the action is in compliance with the Presidential Transition Act, 2012 (Act 845).
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, former Minister of Information, Alan Kyerematen, former Minister of Trade and Industry, Ken Ofori-Atta, former Minister of Finance, and Domini Nitiwul, former Minister of Defence, are the former ministers who were called to be ‘caretaker’ ministers.
Ambrose Dery, the former Minister of the Interior, Albert Kan Dapaah, the former Minister of National Security, and Hajia Alima Mahama, the former Minister of Local Government, are the others.
Eugene Arhin will also serve as the President’s Head of Communications.
According to a GNA report, the ‘caretaker’ ministers were advised by the acting Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, not to take decisions concerning policy issues.
The acting appointees were also advised by the Office of the Chief of Staff to be directed by a memo released in December 2020 by Mrs Osei-Opare, then Chief of Staff and Chair of the Presidential Transition Team, requesting ministers not to sign any new loan agreements, to participate in financial commitments and to hire permanent managerial staff during the transition period.
In keeping with the supreme court judgment, President Kufuor avoided such an obstacle by carefully appointing some individuals as members of the president in the different ministries, but that was before the Presidential Transaction Act.