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General News of Friday, 28 April 2017

Source: Class FM

Akufo-Addo’s cabinet ‘does not exist’ – Apaak

Builsa South MP Dr Clement Apaak has said that President Akufo-Addo is “not a democrat” as it appears his “cabinet does not exist”.

He wonders why, four months into President Akufo-Addo’s tenure, Ghanaians do not know the ministers in the President’s cabinet even though the constitution mandates the formation of a cabinet.

“It is a constitutional mandate… Some have tried to argue that there is nowhere that the President is mandated within the context of timelines to announce his cabinet, but similarly there is no timeline considering the prerogative to appoint ministers. But he has already done that, so why not complete the process by letting us know… As at now there is no cabinet. It does not exist because we have not been told,” he told Emefa Apawu on Class FM’s 505 news programme on Thursday, April 27.

For him, the naming of a cabinet is important as far as good governance is concerned for “accountability and transparency”.

He was of the view that the public needed to know who was advising the president in the implementation of government policies.

For him, if Mr Akufo-Addo does not name the members of his cabinet it means he is “reneging on the attributes he has piled on himself”.

He said it would prove that the president is not the democrat that he claims to be and wondered “why it has become difficult to name 10 members or at most 19 so we all know” those in charge.

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