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The Minority has decided to abstain from the vetting of Herbert Krapah.

Written by on July 9, 2024

The Minority in Parliament has opted out of the vetting process for Herbert Krapah, who was nominated as Minister of State at the Energy Ministry by President Akufo Addo. The President’s letter cited the increased workload at the Energy Ministry as the reason for Krapah’s nomination, who currently serves as a deputy minister in the same Ministry.

During the Appointments Committee session to review Krapah’s nomination, Deputy Minority Leader Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah outlined the caucus’ reasons for boycotting the proceedings. He noted that the nomination was not published in a national newspaper, which he argued deprived the public of the opportunity to submit memoranda or make representations to the Appointments Committee.

The Deputy Minority Leader also raised concerns about the necessity of appointing a Minister of State at the Energy Ministry when there is already a substantive Minister in office.

Additionally, the Minority has pledged to abstain from the vetting process, asserting that it appears to be designed to exclude public participation and maintain the government’s inflated size.

“The Minority Council has taken note of attempts by the majority side to short-circuit and circumvent the due process required in the venture of the President’s nominee for the position of Minister of State and the Ministry of Energy.

“Long-standing parliamentary practice requires that persons nominated for appointment by the President shall be published in a newspaper of national circulation to inform and request memoranda or representation from the public.”

“This ordinarily means that the public ought to be given reasonable notice and adequate time to submit memoranda or make representations to the appointment committee. Fortunately, as we speak this morning, this has not happened. These requests have totally been breached.”

“The minority wishes to serve notice that it will not be part of any hasty process deliberately designed by the majority to deny the people of Ghana participation in the work of the appointment committee and Ghana’s democracy.

“Consistent with the minority’s earlier position, the caucus would not participate in the vetting of any ministerial nominee that adds to the already bloated size of this Akufo-Addo-Bawumia government.”

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