Catherine Afeku must not be approved - A.B.A Fuseini

The Member of Parliament for Sagnarigu A. B. A Fuseini said Parliament will not be sending the right signals to the general public if they approve the nomination of Minister-Designate for Tourism and Creative Arts Catherine Afeku.

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP said the nominee I question have flouted the rule by not enrolling to do her national service as mandated by Ghana’s constitution.

“Anybody who has been engaged in infraction of the law is not qualified to hold public office. It is clear if you have flouted the law. You have to go and purge yourself before you come back. As legislators, we must be the first in line in defence of the law. If we allow infractions of the law to get away and we ourselves are involved in the brazen infraction of the law, then we are perpetuating something very dangerous for our democracy,” he said.

Speaking to Accra-based Citi FM, Fuseini said Parliament will not be sending the right signals to the general public if they approve the nomination of Afeku.

He said if the Appointments Committee of Parliament approve the nomination of Afeku the house will be willfully ignoring the laws in the constitution.

Catherine Afeku, during her vetting on Monday, February 6, 2017, confessed to the Appointments Committee that she did not enrol onto the mandatory National Service Scheme because she was in Kenya at the time.

She, however, expressed her readiness to undertake the 12-month national service if given the opportunity.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Otiko Afisa Djaba who did not also enrol for national service was approved by majority vote in Parliament and sworn in by President Akufo Addo on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

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