Mahama’s 2013 letter appointing Haruna Iddrisu as ‘caretaker minister’ pops up

Mahama’s 2013 letter appointing Haruna Iddrisu as ‘caretaker minister’ pops up

Leader of NDC MPs, Haruna Iddrisu

The raging debate over the propriety of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s decision to appoint caretaker ministers has been stoked by a 2013 letter written by ex-President Mahama.

Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, has shared a 2013 letter in which the then President John Dramani Mahama was announcing the appointment of Haruna Iddrisu as a caretaker minister after his inauguration on January 07, 2013.

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The letter comes at a time when Mr Iddrisu has fiercely opposed the appointment of some persons by the President as caretaker ministers.

The leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament (MPs) said President Akufo-Addo’s action is contrary to the ruling of the Supreme Court in the 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,” Mr Iddrisu said.

But Mr Oppong-Nkrumah who is one of the caretaker ministers said the President did no wrong in appointing them.

“The Presidential Transition Act was passed in 2012. Section 14(5) is a new provision that empowers a new President to do new things that were previously illegal,” he Tweeted on Monday.

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