The leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament (MPs) has described as “unconstitutional” a directive by President Nana Akufo-Addo to some ministers to continue to be at post.
Outspoken lawmaker, Haruna Iddrisu said presently Ghana has no ministers since their tenure ended on January 06, 2021, before the inauguration of President Akufo-Addo.
But speaking to an Accra-based station on Monday, Mr Iddrisu has described the directive as “illegal” and “unconstitutional” citing a renowned case of J.H Mensah vs. Attorney-General.
The apex court, in this case, said the term of ministers automatically ends with the President and Vice-President of the Republic, ending months-long debate about the possibility of an extended-term for ministers.
“I have seen some ministers still hold themselves about as if they are Ministers. That is unlawful, that is illegal and unconstitutional. As we speak today, Ghana has no Ministers.
“The President got it wrong, their mandate has elapsed and until they are nominated go through vetting, secure approval of Parliament, and they cannot hold themselves as Ministers. So as far as we are concerned, there is nothing like Acting Minister and the Supreme Court does not recognize such a position,” Mr Iddrisu said.