The incoming New Patriotic Party (NPP) government has served notice it may revoke all appointments made by President John Mahama in his final days in office when it comes to office on January 7.
The NPP in a statement issued on Wednesday said President Mahama’s recent appointments were contrary to an earlier agreement that any such engagement will be in consultation with the Presidential Transition Committee.
President John Mahama on Tuesday appointed Mr Joseph Whittal and Mrs Josephine Nkrumah as the Commissioners of the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) respectively.
Following the appointments, some Ghanaians have expressed outrage at the move describing them as ‘last minute activities aimed at frustrating the incoming government’.
But the statement by The Team of the President-Elect on the 2016 Presidential Transition Committee signed by Yaw Osafo Marfo said,
“These appointments of Chairman of the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice and Chairman of the National Commission for Civic Education have been done contrary to an earlier agreement at the Transition Committee’s meeting of December 19th, at which meeting it was agreed that such appointments would be done subject to consultation with the Presidential Transition Committee.”
“It is the view of the President-Elect’s team, that these appointments coming barely 24 hours after the agreement and less than three (3) weeks away from the inauguration of the incoming President is most disappointing and exhibits bad faith.”
“We will, therefore, like to serve notice that the incoming administration reserves the right to review these and other high profile appointments, recruitments and contracts being embarked upon in these final days contrary to normal conventions associated with Presidential transitions and the consultation mechanism agreed,” the statement said.
“Nonetheless, we shall continue to engage the Team of the Incumbent President on these and other matters which were earlier listed as matters to be consulted upon,” it added.