Ex-Deputy Trade Minister Dragged Before CID

Ex-Deputy Trade Minister Dragged  Before CID Ex-Deputy Trade Minister Dragged Before CID

The ex-Deputy Trade Minister, who was forced to resign for deliberately breaking COVID-19 protocols to monitor the ongoing voters' registration exercise and also hold meetings in the Tema West Constituency of the Greater Accra Region, despite testing positive for the deadly virus, has been dragged to the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) over the matter.

Enoch Agyapong, a resident of Tema West Constituency, wants criminal proceedings commenced against Carlos Ahenkorah, for putting his constituents at risk of the COVID-19 virus in violation of the Public Health Act 851 of 2012, leading to the death of one of them, Osei Kofi Amankwah, who happens to be his (MP) coordinator.

The law warns against the spread of communicable diseases by persons fully aware that they have a communicable disease, yet refused to comply with directives from medical officers mandated to curb the spread of such diseases.

The petitioner argues that against much-publicized protocols, Mr Ahenkorah, who was diagnosed positive with the COVID-19 virus on June 23, 2020 and was required to have observed a 14-day mandatory isolation immediately after he was told of his status, rather decided to embark on a tour of registration centers in his Constituency "and widely interacted with some of his constituents".

The law says any person who "obstructs or impedes or aids or incites any other person to obstruct or impede a medical officer, veterinary officer, police officer, health officer, or any other person lawfully acting in the execution of a provision of this Part, commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than fifty penalty units or to a term of imprisonment of not more than three months, or to both".

The petitioner insisted that the MP, should have been treated and discharge as negative of the virus, however, against the much-publicized protocols and all good reason, he acted to the contrary by stepping out from isolation against the strict instructions of health experts, thus spreading the disease which eventually killed Osei Kofi Amankwah.

The petition addressed to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) said "the Honourable Member has since admitted on various media platforms that, he knew of his positive status at the time he embarked on the tour of the registration centers and has resigned his position as the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, following a public outcry that was generated by his conduct".

"I am of the firm conviction that, the conduct of the Honourable Member of Parliament is in violation of the Public Health Act, 2012 (Act 851)", Mr Agyapong stated in his petition.

He quoted Section 10 of the Public Health Act which says a medical officer or an authorized health officer maycause a person suffering or suspected to be suffering from a communicable disease, whether in an infected area or not, to be removed to a health facility or designated place; anddetain that person until the medical officer or health officer determines that that person is safe to be discharged.

The law further states that "a person who, without lawful authority or excuse, the proof of which lies on that person, contravenes a provision of this Part for which a punishment is not provided, or does anything which, under this Part or under the Regulations that person ought not to do, or obstructs or impedes or aids or incites any other person to obstruct or impede a medical officer, veterinary officer, police officer, health officer, or any other person lawfully acting in the execution of a provision of this Part", commits an offence.

To support his case, Mr Agyepong, attached the MP's interview with Citi FM and Asempa FM ,as well as a video of him embracing party faithful, whiles he was awaiting his test result which eventually turned out to be positive, adding "it is worthy of note that, the president of the Republic, the first gentleman of the land, observed a mandatory 14-day isolation, after he was exposed to a COVID-19 patient".

The petitioner noted "I am of the firm conviction that, the conduct of the Honourable Member of Parliament is in violation of the Public Health Act, 2012 (Act 851), adding "it is my contention that the conduct of the Honourable Member of Parliament after he was told of his positive COVID-19 status is in direct violation of the above provisions and that criminal proceedings ought to be instituted against him".

He told the IGP,"I would like your outfit to commence investigation leading to the death of one of his Coordinators, Osei Kofi Amankwah, who died as a result of COVID-19 on the 2nd of July 2020".

According to the petitioner, "It was evidently clear that the Honourable Member of Parliament had a meeting with the Coordinator on 21st of June 2020 whiles his samples had already been taken for COVID-19 testing waiting for the outcome, which eventually turned out to be POSITIVE".

Meanwhile, The Herald's independent checks had revealed that, the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) staff, who first contracted the killer coronavirus, leading to a temporal shutdown of the company, is a campaign team member of the Tema West MP.

The staff, whose name was given as Laud Mills, a Fleet Manager in-charge of logistics at the Technical Department of GRIDCO, is alleged to have contracted the deadly virus from his politician boss, before sharing it like a birthday cake among colleague staff at work.

Mr Mills, a staunch member of the NPP, was mentioned to be part of the ex-Deputy Minister's entourage, which toured registration centers in the Tema West Constituency at a time he; MP was told to be in isolation.

The Herald, has gathered that apart from Mr Ahenkora himself, who had originally contracted the virus, about three other members of his campaign team, have so far, tested positive with one person dead.

Carlos Ahenkorah's campaign team member died after he was rushed to the LEKMA Hospital at Teshie in Accra for medical attention.

The deceased, a ward coordinator at Lashibi, was among three members of Mr Ahenkorah's campaign team, alleged to have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.

Asource said, a polling station chairman for Community 5, popularly called Bobo was on admission at Caiquo Hospital, a private facility at Tema, whilst the remainder, Nana Boakye, is in self-isolation and being treated at home.

The news of the death of the ward coordinator, came as a surprise to many constituents who wondered how he and the two others got infected with the disease.

The incident shook their admirers and compatriots in the Lashibi community as those the Ghanaian Times newspaper approached for comments, declined to discuss the issue.

The GRIDCO management immediately commenced serious fumigation of the entire head office building located at Tema, whiles mass testing of all staff took place accordingly.

Source: www.theheraldghana.com