The Minority Caucus in Parliament has urged its members on the Appointments Committee, to reject all “insincere apologies” rendered by some of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s ministerial nominees when they appeared before the committee.
In a communiqué issued at the end of an Emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party on Monday, 1 March 2021, the NDC said it “urged” its “parliamentary caucus to be firm and resolute in their duties on the Appointments Committee”.
“It urged them to reject insincere apologies rendered by some of the nominees at the Appointments Committee sittings and hold them responsible for their actions and/or statements, which violate the obligations imposed on public officeholders by the 1992 Constitution”.
Among the nominees who rendered apologies during the vetting were Hawa Koomson, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful and John-Peter Amewu.
Read the full statement below:
Communiqué issued at the end of an Emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) held on Monday, March 1, 2021.
The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) held an emergency meeting in Accra today Monday, 1st March 2021. The meeting discussed a wide range of pressing issues of national interest.
1. The meeting discussed, among other things, the ongoing vetting of ministerial nominees and urged the NDC parliamentary caucus to be firm and resolute in their duties on the Appointments Committee. It urged them to reject insincere apologies rendered by some of the nominees at the Appointments Committee sittings and hold them responsible for their actions and/or statements, which violate the obligations imposed on public officeholders by the 1992 Constitution.
2. Also, the NEC meeting noted with concern, the clandestine activities of some security agencies which have embarked on the arbitrary and malicious arrest and detention of citizens for exercising their right to free speech on social media. It urged Ghanaians to rise up against the creeping culture of silence and dictatorship being imposed on the nation.
3. NEC noted with alarm, the letter written on behalf of the Judicial Service of Ghana through its lawyers, [email protected] to some media houses which sought to censor their duty to hold public institutions, including the courts, accountable for their actions. We note that the letter from the Judicial Service seeks to limit the right to free speech and press freedom to mere praise singing of the Judiciary, even in the face of several unjust rulings from the apex Court. NEC holds the view that the Judicial Service has no right or authority to threaten anyone, much less the media, for performing their constitutionally mandated duties. There are clear procedures laid out in our laws for dealing with specific infractions of media ethics and laws. We find the letter from the Judicial Service an affront to free speech and press freedom, which threatens the pillars of democracy that the people of Ghana have nurtured over the years. We condemn it in no uncertain terms and call on the Judicial Service to withdraw same without delay, as a sign of respect for the democratic culture of free speech and press freedom.
4. It is the expectation of NEC that good sense and love for country, will prevail and that the Akufo-Addo government and other institutions of state will, henceforth, abort any plans to terrorise the citizens of Ghana in order to suppress dissent and quell demands for probity and accountability as enshrined in the 1992 Constitution.
Finally, as Ghanaians await the verdict of the Supreme Court on the election petition, NEC urges all NDC members and supporters to remain calm and resolute. It is the prayer of NEC that the Supreme Court will uphold and promote probity, accountability and transparency, and give effect to the will of the people expressed on 7th December 2020 in its judgment on the matter. The party will, on its part, stop at nothing to rid the Jean Mensa-led Electoral Commission of its partisan biases and prejudices, and ensure transparency and fairness in national elections.
ISSUED IN ACCRA THIS 1ST DAY OF MARCH 2021
Hon. JOHNSON ASIEDU-NKETIAH