Mahama violates law on number of Cabinet ministers

General News of Saturday, 7 February 2015


Mahama AU Summit 2015

Member of Parliament for Effutu Alexander Kwamena Markins is demanding clarity on the president’s breach of Article 72 of the 1992 constitution.

The article stipulates that Cabinet Ministers must not be less than 10 and not more than 19 people shall be appointed to Cabinet but an official correspondence from the presidency to the legislature which was captured in the February 3, 2015 Parliamentary report pegged the number of cabinet ministers at 20.

Afenyo Markins raised the issue of constitutional breach on the floor of Parliament and demanded clarification.

The Speaker of Parliament admitted there was constitutional anomaly which would have to be addressed on Tuesday.

“That’s a constitutional matter. We need to resolve it for the records,” Doe Adjaho said.

He said it is only the president who has the power to determine who is a cabinet minister and who is not.

But the Minority Leader felt the Tuesday deadline was too long a time.

He did not understand why it would take two working days for Parliament to receive clarity on the matter.

“There have many occasions when we wanted to verify issues and instructed for the relevant communication to be availed and whilst sitting we have had it.

“I am not too sure we require 72 hours for them to ferry that notice They should go and bring it.

“Who is in, who is out? We want to know,” he demanded.