February 16, 2011

The Member of Parliament for Nsuta Kwaman-Beposo, Kwame Osei Prempeh has found fault with the re-assigning of former deputy minister of Tourism Kobby Acheampong to the Ministry of Interior.

According to the MP who was once a deputy minister of Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Hon. Kobby Acheapong is just not cut for a sensitive ministry such as Interior.

The Deputy Minister was re-assigned in a latest reshuffling by President John Evans Attah Mills yesterday, which saw other deputy ministers being moved around while two were sacked. New District Chief Executives were also appointed.

During a panel discussion on the reshuffle on e.tv’s morning show on Wednesday 16th February 2011, the Member of Parliament for Nsuta Kwamang Beposo, Kwame Osei Prempeh, who admitted that the power to appoint and re-assign ministers reside with the President, however wondered why an abrasive character like Kobby Acheampong has been asked to pair a calm and very amiable person like Dr Benjamin Kunbour.

“If the President in his wisdom thinks this mis-match of a duo will help him prosecute the better Ghana agenda then so be it’’ he said.

He said that Hon. Kobby Acheampong is noted for spewing out unpalatable words over the years and he expects him to be circumspect in his comments when he finally settles down at the Interior Ministry.

“This abrasive man will be dealing with personnel from the Police, Fire, Prisons and Immigration Services, I hope he doesn’t slip in his speech while dealing with these officers so we can have some peace’’ he added.

However the MP for Ashaiman Alfred Agbesi who was a panel member disagreed entirely with Hon. Osei Prempeh’s submission stating that the President as the captain of the team, is well placed to move his ministers to where they will be most effective.

He said the president is fully aware of what he’s doing, adding that Ghanaians should allow the minister some time to operate so that his performance could be assessed at the end of the day.

Story by : Kwadwo Anim/ghanamps.gov.gh