The Executive Directors of Good Governance Advocacy Group, Ghana (GGAGG) and Communal Labour Forum, a civil advocate groups, Listowell Nana Kusi- Poku and Baah Acheamfour, has called on the Appointment of Committee and Parliament as a whole to unanimously reject the nominee of the President for the post of Western Regional Minister.
Address the media, they described the call as a critical national consensus which should be resisted and rejected by all well-meaning Ghanaians starting from the Parliament.
According to the duo, “It is uncalled for Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, to be retained as the Minister for Western Region because for them, he does not deserve to be a Minister of State judging his deeds under his stewardship as the former minister.
They accused Mr. Darko-Mensah of meddling in the affairs of the chieftaincy institution, militarization of the 2020 general election, hooliganism, etc.
They said, Okeye Darko-Mensa in a rather brazen act, unlawfully installed a certain Benjamin Kesse as Municipal Chief Executive for the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Assembly in flagrant violation of Section 17 (5) of the Local Governance Act, 2016 – Act 936 and Part 13 (1a) of the Model Standing Orders for Metropolitan, Municipal,and District Assemblies.
‘It would be a scar on the conscience of Parliament to pass a man that employed brute force to physically prevent twenty-two (22) Elected Assembly Members from exercising their constitutional duty as a minister’
‘As if that was not enough, Okyere Darko-Mensa elected himself to perform a function imposed on the Judiciary by swearing MCE in to take office.
‘We find this an affront to democracy and a coup against the constitution’.
“This is a critical national consensus and it should be resisted and rejected by all well-meaning Ghanaians starting from the Parliament. The seeds of regional discord have been systematically sowed over the past four years and should be halted.
“Parliament should emphasize the supremacy of our constitution and the need to build a nation devoid of lawless leaders.
They said, they have already submitted a detailed petition to the Appointment Committee through the respected office of the Speaker of Parliament for a decisive action on the nominee.