Let me begin by expressing my disappointment at the following minority Members of Parliament, who were members of the ad-hoc committee that probed the botched Sputnik-V transaction, they are; Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, Dr Bernard Ahiafor, Ernest Henry Norgbey, and Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare.
My disappointment you may wondering stems from the fact that, after the committee's report was released, little has been heard from them, juxtapose their deafening silence to the spirited defence, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, has put up and continues to do.
When Alexander Afenyo-Markin chaired the committee, he did that as a member of the legislative arm of government, and so it beats my imagination why he is the only person out there, defending not only the report of the committee, but the minister of Health, Kweku Agyeman Manu and the government.
He is making Ghanaians understand that, according the report of the committee, the minister did no wrong, he rather did us a favour and must be patted on the back or given a medal for ensuring that Sheikh Al Maktoum, has refunded the balance of $2,470,000.
It is instructive to note that, whiles Afenyo Markin is trying to rewrite reality after the fact as available to all Ghanaians; his colleagues on the minority side are dead silence, meaning they agree with whatever he saying. Silence, indeed is golden.
It is equally annoying that the health minister's defence is being done not by the ministry of Information, headed by Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, but a Member of Parliament, who has sworn an oath to protect the public purse and hold the Executive arm of government accountable. I am yet to read or hear Kojo Oppong Nkrumah or his deputy rise to the defense of Kweku Agyeman Manu.
I am told that stupidity is knowing the truth, seeing the truth but believing in lies.
Ghanaians of good conscience since the incident broke out, have been calling on the minister to resign, or be fired by the president, but he has vowed to stay on. The standoff prompted president Akufo-Addo, who was on a two-day tour of the Bono region, to make a mockery of the situation, alleging the minister, has suffered at the ministry.
The President, who was speaking in twi said: "There are a lot of people from the Bono Region in my government; including the Minister of Health, who is currently receiving slaps [from Ghanaians]. He is an indigene from Dormaa. He has really suffered in that Health Ministry and is still suffering,"
The miserly 43-word reaction was the sum of Akufo-Addo's reply to pervasive accusations of breach of procurement laws against his minister.
The resort to literary parsimony by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in a context that required abundance of clarity, speaks to the psychological orientation of the his presidency.
The thinking of the Akufo-Addo administration is that corruption is the preserve vice of outsiders. It is what other people do. And it is what Akufo-Addo's disciples are incapable of doing.
Akufo-Addo, who promised to protect the public purse, in fact in his State of the Nation Address, earlier this year, said his government are good protectors of the public purse, has the strong notion that human beings rise to infallibility by the virtue of their presence in his immaculate orbit.
This fallacy in his head filters out accusations of corruption against his appointees, including members of his family. Thus, he is irritated by any suggestion that one of his men could be guilty of indiscretion. It makes him poised to dismiss accusations of wrongdoing raised against his any member of his team as politically motivated attacks on his person and the government.
He feels obligated to protect and insure the integrity of his entire staff. This sense of false duty has expanded into an amorphous policy of blind spot favoritism, a touch-not-my-anointed exemption arrangement that guarantees his men immunity from rigorous scrutiny.
The litmus test of the sincerity of Akufo-Addo's 'war on corruption' is supposed to be the extent to which his response to reports of graft in his inner circle matches with his administration's standard reaction to similar scandals in the body politic.
In all the campaign for the presidency, the New Patriotic Party and its presidential candidate run on anti-corruption platform, Akufo-Addo even promised to use the Anas principle to fight corruption, but today, his response is nothing short of all the allegations are the machinations of his opponents.
Afenyo Markin, has found himself in an awkward situation because he asked Kweku Agyeman Manu, whether monies, have been expended to Sheikh Al Maktoum, to which the minister replied, No.
Documents released later showed the minister, had lied to the committee, because records available both at the health and finance ministries showed Sheikh Al Maktoum, had been paid in excess of what he supplied.
The minister, in his defense said, he wasn't thinking right and that he broke all procurement laws to save lives. As far as I know, Kweku Agyeman Manu, is not the agric minister to buy pesticide to fight army worm infestation. He was the health minister and his job at the material time was to buy covid-19 vaccine.
The decision taken by the minister of health, was a premeditated action taken by the minister. Ignorance is never an excuse for maladministration.
Our nation is now a big theatre where farcical actions and events take place at a pulsating pace. And keeping up with the tempo of the outlandish dramas that have grotesquely assailed our sensibilities has not been easy.
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, should be the one out there defending the actions of the minister, not Afenyo Markin and certainly not the president, who has lost the fight on corruption.
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