- The MP for the Awutu Senya East constituency has admitted firing a gun at a voters’ registration centre in Kasoa
- She said she shot her gun to scare the crowd
- The former Minister was accused of abusing her position in society
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The Minister-designate for Fisheries, Mavis Hawa Koomson, has told the Appointments Committee of Parliament that she regretted her gun shooting incident during the voter’s registration exercise.
“I wish it never happened in our political history,” the former Special Development Initiative Minister said on Thursday, February 18, 2021.
The Awutu Senya East Member of Parliament openly admitted to firing a warning shot at the Step to Christ registration centre in the Awutu Senya East constituency in July 2020.
Four men were detained at the Central Regional police headquarters following the shooting incident.
Registration at the centre was halted after an armed gang sacked some prospective voters from the premises amid gunshots.
At least three motorbikes were burnt during the chaos.
She said her action was meant to scare people off when she realised that her people’s lives were in danger.
The action of the minister-designate angered Civil Society Organisations as well as security analysts in the country.
They called for her arrest as well as immediate prosecution.
In a separate development, Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, Employment and Labour Minister-designate disclosed that three million jobs were created in President Nana Akufo-Addo’s first term.
The jobs were in both private and public sectors, he told the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.
Baffour-Awuah in September 2020 told Ghanaians that the administration created one million jobs.
But when he appeared before the committee during his vetting, he said: “When I last checked on the number of jobs we have created, we had so far created jobs for over 3 million jobs.”
Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, in the runup to the December 2020 general election, quoted two million to be the number of jobs created.
He said nothing was more dehumanizing and more frustrating for young people than being jobless and that “we did not run away from the challenge, we took the bull by the horn and in four years, we have created over two million jobs in the formal sector.”
The nominee’s handing over notes also quoted another figure—2.7 jobs created.
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