President John Mahama has said he will not sack every minister who has come under the cruel criticism of Ghanaians based on their actions.
During and exclusive interview with Ovation International about there being talk in town that “you have not been assertive enough; that you have not been able to control members of your cabinet who are not behaving properly,” President Mahama said: “We have 300 FM stations in this country, we have seventy newspapers or so, we have all kinds of media. All kinds of media raise allegations against office holders.”
The president went on to say that, “I cannot on the basis of every allegation that is raised take action. It means I will change my cabinet so many times if I acted on every single allegation.”
He said that when such allegations were made, they were taken seriously under consideration and investigated thoroughly to determine if there are substantial grounds for further actions against said officials.
Citing one of the most talked about ministerial accusations as an example, President Mahama said, “A Minister held a birthday party, her 50th birthday party, Nana Oye Lithur, her husband is a prominent person in this country. He organised a good party for her, they said I should fire her – that she is showing ostentation.”
“Meanwhile, this is one of my best Ministers. Oye has turned that Gender Ministry around. Before now, no development partner will touch the Gender Ministry. Today, they are chasing them with funds to do programmes for children and women.”