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13.03.2009 Politics

Minority can`t decide on Fiifi Kwetey

By Richard Kofi Attenkah, Tema - Ghanaian Chronicle

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ashaiman, Hon. Alfred Agbesi has stated that the minority in Parliament cannot decide whether Mr. Fiifi Kwetey should get the nod for the Deputy Minister of Finance or not.

According to him, by the normal practice in the house, if the Appointments Committee recommends the nomination of a nominee, it represents the view of the entire house. On the other hand, if the appointments committee rejects the nomination of a nominee, the house has to debate on it, after which it would vote on the issue.

Speaking in a telephone interview with the paper last Thursday, Hon. Agbesi opined that as the issue stands now, the question as to whether Mr. Kwetey would get the nod or not does not rest with the minority.

He however, pointed out that since the minority has the right to make their own statement on whatever issue that crops up, he has no problem with their pronouncement because it helps to strengthen democracy which is good for our country.

After the vetting of Mr. Kwetey, who is the Propaganda Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) last Monday, members of the minority in parliament decided to oppose his appointment.

The minority leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu on Wednesday, told Accra based Oman FM that those on the minority would do whatever they can to oppose the nomination of Mr. Kwetey, as Deputy Minister of Finance.

He stated that after putting up an arrogant performance during his vetting, many MPs from both political divides were surprised about the attitude of the nominee before the appointments committee.

The minority leader further explained that the approval of the NDC Propaganda Secretary as Deputy Finance Minister might involve some international ramification because many International organizations do not want to deal with a Finance Minister with questionable character.