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26.12.2006 General News

Minister Nduom confused about his CPP status

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Public Sector Reform Minister, Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom has expressed worry about his non-party status in Parliament.

Nduom, who is also the Member of Parliament for Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem Constituency in the Central Region, was dismissed along with two other MPs from the Convention People's Party by its Central Disciplinary Committee for acts the party executives described as disloyal.

Dr Nduom told Joy News that he had made several attempts to find out if the Central Committee had rescinded its decision since they were sacked in August but had not received any official response, and given that the decision still stood, that could mean he was a free agent and he intended to ask the Speaker of Parliament to clarify the matter so that he could decide on his political future.

“Until they come back and say well, we've rescinded our decision, I cannot just go about and pretend that I am a part of something that the leaders say I am not. I have asked the question several times, I haven't gotten an answer and indeed I do intend to ask the Speaker of Parliament to help clarify this matter so that once and for all we can put this matter to bed so that I can decide what it is that I do with my political future.

Asked if he had received any offers from the ruling New Patriotic Party government, Nduom said he had tried very much stay away from their political activities and believed there had been too much political talk in the country. He did not intend to add to the debates, rather, he preferred to concentrate on development issues and believed Election 2008 was too far away to be given priorities now at the expense of development.

Meanwhile Dr Nduom has denied any knowledge of reports linking him to the creation of a new party. He said he had been minding his business and concentrating on the work in his constituency.

A pressure group in the Convention People's Party, The Patriots said it had come to its attention that certain individuals claiming to be members of the CPP were going round various constituencies seeking to destroy the party and create a new one.

According to The Patriots, the said group was going round asking party officials to complete a form simply titled “Political Movement” and asking them to forward the forms to Accra for action.

The Patriots said it was reliably informed that the group was financed by a foreign government that feared the reincarnation of the CPP and was seeking to destroy it in order to create a new party to serve the selfish interests of its leader, a prominent CPP member of hybrid political affiliation.

According to The Patriots, those behind these activities typically sent their agents to constituencies where The Patriots were in the process of opening offices or had opened offices, thus creating the impression that somehow the patriots groups was affiliated with them.

The Eastern Regional Chairman of the CPP, Nana Owusu-Sekyere claimed to have received copies of the forms allegedly sent to him by Dr. Nduom.

“When I went to my office, the regional office of the party, I saw over 15 copies of a circular letter. I don't know where it came from. The topic or agenda was Party Executives and it was asking us to submit the names of the party's regional executive members to an unknown person.

“When I inquired from my secretary, he told me that the bearer of that circular letter told him that it was sent to him by Nduom.”

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