The Member of Parliament for North Tongu constituency has raised concerns over the dismissal of the embattled Minister of State at the Finance Ministry, Mr. Charles Adu Boahen over the Anas exposé.
Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa questioned the constitutional grounds which empowered President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to terminate the appointment even though he is out of the country.
To him, the constitutional provisions render the President powerless when he is out of the jurisdiction of the country hence his purported sacking holds no water.
Charles Adu Boahen was removed from office after being implicated in ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ documentary “Galamsey Economy” where he allegedly captures him asking an investor to pay a $200,000 appearance fee to enable a meeting between him and the Vice President..
“From my unimpeachable tracking of President Akufo-Addo, he left Ghana yesterday (13/11/2022) on a private vision to London abroad British Airways,” the North Tongu MP wrote on Facebook.
According to Mr. Ablakwa, Article 60(8) and a Supreme Court pronouncement states and rules that “whatever the President is absent from Ghana the Vice President performs the functions of the President until the President returns,”
Mr. Ablakwa, however, wondered why the acting President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, not be the one “to fire the disgraced Charles Adu Boahen?”
The North Tongu lawmaker also argued and quizzed if the President’s action contradicts the 1992 Constitution Ghanaians are governed by.
“Can we be certain that President Akufo-Addo’s purported dismissal of Mr. Adu Boahen today which is expected to take “immediate effect” per a presidential statement dated November 14, 2022, meets Ghana’s constitutional requirement?”
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana