Agyeman Manu Granted Two Week Leave To Attend To Personal Issues
The Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu is currently on a two week leave to also enable him attend to some personal issues. The request was granted by the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei Opare. He officially began the leave last week. Earlier reports suggested that the Minister had resigned from his position, but this claim
has been debunked by the persons close to Agyeman Manu. The Health Minister has has come under intense criticism for breaching procurement processes while trying to secure Sputnik V vaccines for Ghana. He also signed the agreement without parliamentary or cabinet approvals. He also did not seek the approval from the
the Public Procurement Authority (PPA). The Attorney General is on record to have advised against the deal. The Minority in the Parliament last week also called on President Nana Akufo Addo to immediately dismiss the Minister of Health saying that he is not fit to be in office. They argue that he violated the 1992 constitution and
his oath of office by trying to procure vaccines through middlemen without recourse to Parliament or cabinet. It is beyond any reasonable doubt the minister betrayed his oath of office and for that matter, and he also failed to uphold the constitution and the laws of our country. I must say that the Minister should be sanctioned. He
must be removed by the president. He is also not fit to occupy the office of a minister of state and must also therefore be removed from office henceforth, failing which this House must pass a vote of censure on the minister, said minority chief whip, Muntaka Mubarak. They also took the minister on over his claim that no
payment was made in the deal, when the committee’s finding pointed to the fact that money was actually paid. Meanwhile, the intermediary businessman, Sheikh Al Maktoum who Ghana was procuring the vaccine from has agreed to refund the $2.4 million of the $2.8 million paid to him as he only supplied 20,000 doses of the expected 300,000 before the contract was terminated.