Member of Parliament for Effutu Constituency, Alexander Kwamina Afenyo-Markin has argued that the inability of some minister-designates not been able to answer questions asked them by members of the Appointments Committee of Parliament shouldn’t be an issue because the questions asked were not examination questions.
Afenyo-Markin made this assertion during an interview session on Citi TV’s ‘The Big Issue’ show. Defending his colleague MP for Awutu Senya East constituency, Hawa Koomson, the Deputy Majority Leader said, “so, if you ask her specific questions pertaining to the ministry and she didn’t know then it shouldn’t be an issue because they are not examination questions.
“It is not about extreme specifics and details about technical areas and I think that Hawa had a backlash and it was based on how questions were situated for her.”
Unsurprisingly, Hon. Afenyo-Markin made reference to Hawa Koomson’s performance when asked questions about her former ministry, the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives.
“Let’s also look at her performance regarding the area she had been superintendent for four years. She distinguished herself. Look at her energy levels to questions that were thrown at her about her former office. How she approached and explained areas of her work, the contracts, the projects that will show you that she was competent,” he stressed.
Following her abysmal performance during her session with the Appointments Committee, members of the board who are affiliated with the National Democratic Congress (NDC) disapproved of her nomination as Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development.
But interestingly, the tables turned around for Hon. Mavis Hawa Koomson during the voting at the plenary level. She had 161 MPs approving of her nomination, thus obtaining more than the required 138 votes.