The constitution does not recognise the position of ‘acting minister’ – Haruna Iddrisu tells Akuffo Addo

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Haruna Iddrisu

The leader of the National Democratic Congress’ side of parliament, Honourable Haruna Iddrisu has said that the laws of the country does not recognize the position of Acting Minister in governance.

Haruna Iddrisu’s statement comes after the president instructed that some ministers hold to their positions till a proper reshuffle is done after he was sworn in as president for a second term. Ministers like the finance minister, information minister, and the minister for local government are among those who are still holding on to their positions as acting ministers.

In an interview with Joy News, Honourable Haruna Iddrisu said the president was going contrary to the laws of the country. According to him, the laws of the country states categorically that the president has to name ministers so they go through vetting when takes over the highest office. He said;

“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.”

Written by K Oteng

K.Oteng is a reporter and editor for based in Accra-Ghana

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