Ranking Member on Parliament’s Health Committee, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh

As the committee probing the Sputnik V vaccines contract prepares to submit its report this week, the Majority is demanding that the committee’s Vice Chairman, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, recuses himself for making pre-judicial comments on the issue.

Mr Akandoh, whilst debating the Mid-year Budget Review Statement on the floor of the House, claimed the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, had paid ¢16 million for the Russian vaccines.

This is despite the insistence by the Health Minister when he appeared before the committee that he has not paid any money.

Vice-Chairman of Parliament’s Finance Committee, Patrick Yaw Boamah, told the House Mr Akandoh’s comments are pre-judicial.

He said Mr Akandoh must step aside from the committee before its report comes to the Floor.

“It’s a very dangerous comment from him. Coming from a Committee of Health and a Vice-Chair of the committee that you [Mr Speaker] have set up to investigate the matter and report to this House.

“To make comments on the Minister of Finance’s statement is bringing his views on that committee to the floor, which is very dangerous,” he said on Monday.

Speaker Alban Bagbin disagrees with the claim; a pre-judicial comment was made adding, “I don’t see this as a right point of order.”

But Mr Boamah has been defending his position on the issue, insisting that for Mr Akandoh to have stated on the day of the Finance Minister’s visit to Parliament that “the Minister did not follow the right procedure s which is a subject matter of investigation.”

The Speaker retorted that Mr Akandoh’s “individual” views at the time cannot be considered prejudicial to the committee’s work.