A former deputy Attorney General, Joseph Kpemka has discounted fears that the business of government will be affected because none of the President’s appointees at the Attorney General’s Department is a Member of Parliament (MP).
Following the nomination and approval of Godfred Yeboah Dame as Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the President recently nominated Alfred Tuah-Yeboah and Diana Asonaba Dapaah as Deputy Ministers-desginate for the portfolio.
None of the three officials is a legislator to officially serve as a liaison between the office and Parliament; a role Mr. Kpemka played during his tenure in office.
There have been concerns in the political space about the absence of a parliamentarian at the office and its likely negative impact on the day-to-day running of the government machinery.
Speaking however on The Chamber on Citi TV, the former Tempane MP maintained that there is no cause for alarm.
“The President made me a link between the office and Parliament, but the discretion is the President’s to exercise. He is the one who knows who should be placed where to achieve maximum results. I don’t think [it will affect the government’s business].
“The only limitation is that they will not have the right to vote [in Parliament]. But if there is a process going on, they will always sit in. I think that one person will be assigned specially to play the role that I was playing. Just that, he will not have an office in Parliament”, he stated.
Joseph Kpemka was defeated in the Tempane constituency during the 2020 parliamentary polls and was also not reappointed as a deputy minister.
The defeated MP has said bad faith tactics from his opponents led to his defeat in the parliamentary polls.
He maintains that the voters in his constituency “fell for the propaganda” despite his major development achievements.