March 2, 2021

Chairman of the Appointment Committee Joseph Osei-Owusu has said the Committee has no powers to reject any nominee that comes before them as the Committee can only make recommendations.

According to him the plenary would either decide to accept or reject the recommendations of the Appointment Committee and urged members of the Committee to be clear on this.

He said this on Tuesday. March 2, 2021 before the Committee started it work for the day in the wake of some purported Minority rejection of three nominees.

“We should stop pretending that we have the powers to make such decisions, let us present our report and stop discussing it in the media. Every discussion should be at the plenary, I encourage members to move away from that”.

The Chairman further revealed that during the meeting yesterday, none of the matters being discussed in the media were in the report, the matter was brought to his attention and such conducts undermined the integrity of the committee.

And further pointed out that the matters being raised if you compare them to the videos the Committee has, there is so much difference, and had not mandated anyone to speak for the Committee.

“It is being discussed in the media, this is more unbecoming of us as Members of Parliament, and by our own standing orders you can be taken to the privileges committee when you discuss matters on the committee intended for the plenary”.

Again, we can agree to disagree, that is why it is a democracy and let us not take matters out of the Committee to the public domain, he advised.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/