Sack Agyemang Manu over Sputnik V vaccines – Minority to Akufo-Addo



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The Minority in Parliament is demanding the revocation of the appointment of Health Minister Kwaku Agyemang Manu over breaches in the procurement of Sputnik V vaccines through middlemen.

A report from parliament’s Ad hoc committee investigating the matter indicted the Health Minister of failing to seek parliamentary approval among others.

But the presentation of the report on the floor of Parliament generated chaos when the minority Chief whip Muntaka Mubarak sought to amend the report demanding the removal of the Health Minister.

The back and forth resulted in chaotic scenes compelling the second deputy speaker who was presiding to adjourn proceedings sine dine.

Speaking to the media Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu argued the amendment proposal from the minority was ill-timed.

Health Minister Kwaku Agyemang Manu in July this year admitted that he independently approved the purchase of a $64.6 million contract for Sputnik V Vaccine from Russia out of frustration.

He told the Ad Hoc Committee of Parliament tasked to probe the controversial Sputnik V vaccines procurement agreement that accumulated frustrations to procure the vaccines for the country compelled him to disregard parliamentary approval as required by Article 181 5 of the 1992 constitution.

In the minister’s justification, he had plans to formally seek parliamentary approval after independently approving the $64.6 million contract.