The Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, has served notice that the caucus will block the approval of Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah as a Deputy Minister for Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development.
He said the caucus’ decision is based on incidents of violence that led to the death of two persons in the Techiman South Constituency during the 2020 polls.
He said the violence “gave him [Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah] the unclear opportunity to be MP” hence their stance.
“In respect of conscience, the Minority will stand en bloc against him [his approval],” Haruna Iddrisu said on Eyewitness News on Friday, June 11, 2021.
He told host Umaru Sanda Amadu that the State must investigate the violence and bring to book the perpetrators of the act.
“The Minority holds a strong view that government must wake up and investigate the killings in Techiman South and bring the perpetrators to book, and we take strong reservations to it. I heard some comments that the honourable member [Mr. Korsah] is taking some responsibility to address the issue. He is not the State,” Haruna Iddrisu said.
The Minority Caucus was not present during the vetting of the nominee on Friday, June 11, 2021, except one of them.
According to Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority was determined to boycott Mr. Adjei-Mensah Korsah’s vetting due to the Techiman South election violence, however, their absence was largely due to communication that Parliament was not sitting on Friday to enable all MPs to go to their constituencies to plant trees as part of the Green Ghana campaign.
“We were determined to boycott the vetting of Adjei-Mensah Korsah as Deputy Minister proposed to Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development Ministry to protest the fact that he is associated with the procurement of the seat via violence facilitated and assisted by state security agencies in the December 7 elections which violence denied the NDC of a parliamentary majority,” he said.
He added that his side made a case that the sitting on Friday be deferred to Monday since most MPs will not be available, but it appeared the majority side did not consider their proposal, hence decided to carry out the vetting on Friday without his side.