Mahama made you an acting minister in 2013 – Kweku Baako jabs Haruna Iddrisu

Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper has called out the leader of the NDC caucus in Parliament, for saying it is illegal for the President to appoint ‘Caretaker Ministers’.

Abdul Malik Kweku Baako said Haruna Iddrisu who is himself a former minister was asked to act as a Caretaker Minister by the erstwhile John Mahama administration.

The veteran journalist’s comment follows concerns raised by the Tamale South MP that some former ministers still hold on to their ministerial positions even though their term of office has expired.

This was after President Akufo-Addo charged them to maintain their respective positions pending the appointment and subsequent approval of new ministers for his second term in office.

The President, through his acting Chief of Staff, Frema Osei Opare had explained that the directive is in line with the Presidential (Transition) Act, 2012 (Act 845).

While Section 14 (1) of Act 845, states that all ministers, deputy ministers, presidential staffers, such as the Chief of Staff and the Executive Secretary to the President, and non-career Ambassadors and High Commissioners ceased to hold office when the President’s tenure ended on January 7, Section 14(2) of Act 845 allows the President to appoint a person to perform the functions of all those mentioned above for a specified period.

But citing the Supreme Court ruling in J. H Mensah versus Attorney General 1997, the Tamale South MP stressed that there is nothing like ‘acting’ or ‘holding’ Minister.

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