Former New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Ahafo Ano South, Stephen Balado-Manu has described as needless calls on the President to sack the Deputy Communications Minister, Victoria Hammah for her recent public gaffe.
Miss Hammah received avalanche of criticisms after she expressed frustration about her edited speech being swapped with an unedited one at a public function.
Unable to continue to with her speech, she blamed the faux pas on her aides and opted to deliver the speech extempore.
Many people especially on social media have described Victoria Hammah’s conduct as immature and an embarrassment to the Mahama-led administration.
They have since called for her removal from the Communications Ministry for exposing her “ineptitude” in public.
But on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Tuesday, Balado-Manu said Victoria Hammah’s blunder does not warrant a sack.
According to him, the Deputy Minister was caught in the web because of her inexperience in governance issues.
Balado-Manu said if Miss Hammah had read through the speech before the time, she would have noticed it was not her edited speech.
This notwithstanding, the NPP man stated that the Deputy Minister cannot be used as a scapegoat when in fact senior Ministers and other government appointees have committed unpardonable mistakes and yet are still at post.
He cited the Accra Mayor, Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije as an example of a government appointee who has been a pain in the neck of government.
The former MP found it very intriguing that a man [Okoe Vanderpuye] who embarrassed government by renaming the Theodosia Okoh hockey pitch after the late John Atta Mills without presidential approval is still at post as the Mayor.
Balado-Manu said if there is anybody who has to be sacked for embarrassing the government, it should be Okoe Vanderpuye not Victoria Hammah.