The Minority side of Parliament have staged a walkout to protest the approval of some four deputy ministerial nominees who were vetted on the Green Ghana Day.
According to the Deputy Minority Leader, James Avedzi, the Chairman of the Appointments Committee was unfair to the Minority and blind-sided them in regard to the vetting of the four nominees on a day when the Speaker had ruled that such activities should not be held on the occasion of Green Ghana Day.
The nominees in question are Deputy Attorney General, Diana Asonaba Dapaah; Deputy Local Government Minister, Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah; Deputy Sanitation Minister, Amidu Chinia and Deputy Gender Minister, Zuweira Abudu.
“The Chairman of the [Appointments] Committee has not been fair to the minority side of the committee. Whilst Right Honourable Speaker directed that we should take part in the tree planting, they organized a meeting for vetting of these people. We from the minority will not be part of this debate because the chairman has not been fair to us,” he said.
James Avedzi, who is also the Member of Parliament for the Ketu North constituency, said being in their respective constituencies for the tree planting exercise on the instruction of the Speaker of Parliament was a national assignment hence did not expect the chairman of the committee, Joseph Osei Owusu to go ahead with the vetting.
“Our side will not support these four nominees, we will not be part of this, and I want to draw your attention to this, so we will walk out and when you finish, we will come back,” he added.