Evelyn Ama Kumi-Richardson
Regional Minister-designate for the Bono Region, Mrs. Evelyn Ama
Kumi-Richardson, has been approved by parliamentary majority decision just
before Parliament rose on last Friday for the Easter holiday.
was approved by 124-85 majority decision after secret voting by Members of
approval was delayed because the Appointments Committee of Parliament chaired
by the First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei-Owusu, realised it needed to do
further checks on certain issues raised against the nominee by the Minority
National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs on the committee concerning some queries
on her official trip to Canada and a doctorate degree she is said to have
earned from Wallbridge University in the Dominican Republic.
Minority members led by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, had seen the
nominee as unfit to occupy the regional minister position because of these
issues raised against her.
committee therefore did further investigations and was told by the
Auditor-General that even though such a query has been raised against the
nominee that cannot be used to judge her since the query is still under
investigation by his office.
issue of her alleged fake doctorate degree was also being handled by the
National Accreditation Board which is yet to determine the genuineness of the
degree or otherwise.
on the floor on Friday, the Minority members led by the minority leader still
insisted that the nominee does not qualify to be a regional minister because
apart from these serious issues raised against her, she lied on oath about the
declaration of her assets.
therefore, insisted that the nominee be completely rejected by Parliament but the
Majority New Patriotic Party (NPP) MPs led by their leader, Osei
Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, said the nominee qualifies despite these issues raised
against her and that those issues had been resolved.
majority leader therefore called on Parliament to approve of her nomination but
the Minority strongly objected and called for secret voting for her approval.
After the secret voting, the nominee secured 124 majority votes as against 85 minority votes, thus confirming her approval by Parliament.
By Thomas Fosu Jnr