New Government We may review CHRAJ, NCCE appointments - NPP

A statement signed by Yaw Osafo Marfo, spokesperson for president-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo on the joint transition, said that it reserves the right to review all the 'last minute' contracts and appointments by the government.

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The incoming New Patriotic Party (NPP) government has condemned the appointment of Commissioner of the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and Chairperson of National Commission for Civic Eduction (NCCE) by the outgoing administration.

A statement signed by Yaw Osafo Marfo, spokesperson for president-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo on the joint transition, said that such appointments have been done in contravention of an earlier agreement at the Transition Committee’s meeting of December 19, 2016, 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 weeks away from the inauguration of the incoming President is most disappointing and exhibits bad faith,” the statement said.

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It said it would “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.”

President John Mahama appointed Joseph Whittal and Josephine Nkrumah as heads of the CHRAJ and NCCE respectively early on Tuesday.

Many say the appointments were made to deliberately place the incoming government in an uncomfortable situation since the president’s term ends on January 7.

The NPP has since filed a suit challenging the authority of the President to make such last minute appointments.

Below is the full statement:

The Team of the President-Elect on the 2016 Presidential Transition Committee has taken notice of Two (2) new Constitutional Appointments that have been made today December 20th 2016 by President John Dramani Mahama.

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.

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.

Signed

Ing. Yaw Osafo Maafo

( Co-Chairperson Presidential Transition Committee)

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