The Minority in Parliament has initiated moves to have the Minister for Health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, removed from office over his ‘dishonest’ role in the Sputnik-V vaccines procurement scandal
The Minority group comprising all 137 MPs in a memo to the Speaker Parliament called for a vote of censure, against the Minister.
It is their argument that the actions were a “direct breach of the Constitution and Laws passed by this Honourable House.”
They also stated that the minister was guilty of perjury, among others, when he “misrepresented to the Ad Hoc Committee on Oaths that no payment was made under the agreement to the Private Office of His Highness Shiek Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum [the Dubai-based businessman the Ministry of Health contacted for the procurement].”
The parliamentary committee set up to investigate the deal in their findings discovered among other things that the Health Ministry did not receive Cabinet approval for the deal.
It was also discovered that he breached the constitution by not seeking parliamentary approval for the agreement. In addition, the Public Procurement Authority did not seek approval from its Board before signing the Agreements.
The Minister for Finance was directed to take steps to recover the money already paid to Sheikh Al Maktoum.