Private Legal Practitioner, Martin Kpebu has reiterated his call for the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu to resign.
Speaking on Joy FM‘s Top Story on Friday, he stated that the Minister has demonstrated that he is not fit for the office, “from day one, it has always been clear that this man should have gone a long time. The more he talks, the more he demonstrates that he is not fit for the position.”
“He has all these technical advisers from the Ministry, a Chief Director, Lawyer and so on, and yet he chooses to work alone, lone ranger so lone ranger falls into trouble he should take the fall,” Mr Kpebu said.
Mr Kpebu’s comments comes after a revelation by the ad hoc Committee set up by Parliament to probe the procurement of Sputnik vaccines that, the Health Minister paid 50% of the contract sum to Messrs Al Maktoum prior to appearing before them.
“The government had paid $2,850,000 of $5,700,000 in the controversial Sputnik vaccine deal”, the ad hoc Committee stated.
However, the Health Minister, who said he signed the deal with Sheikh Al Maktoum to purchase 3.4 million doses of the vaccine, had told the committee that, “to the best of my knowledge, we haven’t done any payment.”
Mr Agyeman-Manu said that he went ahead with the negotiations because of the dire situation of the country at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Ministry of Health has clarified that the sector Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, received information about payment to Messrs Al Maktoum, in respect of the Sputnik V contract, after he appeared before the committee probing the deal.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Finance has been asked by the Committee to take steps to recover $2,850,000, being the cost of the Sputnik V vaccines that were proposed to be procured.
However, Mr Kpebu believes that Mr Agyeman-Manu is not the only individual who can serve Ghana as a Minister of Health.
“It will serve him well to just leave, walk away from the job, the embarrassment he is causing all of us is too much.”
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