Mahama Ayariga, former Minister of Information and Media Relations and currently the Minister of Youth and Sports, has dimissed criticism of his party's last minute contract awards, and his own signing of an €18m contract days after the ruling NDC party lost this year's general elections.
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Rejecting criticism from the incoming NPP administrations, Mr. Mahama Ayariga stressed that even though the NDC Presidential candidate lost the general elections, President Mahama still had the mandate to govern until midnight January 6th, 2017.
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He stressed that this taken into consideration, it is therefore legal for the president to appoint new heads for National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) and the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) with 18 days left in is mandate.
"The constitution says the President shall appoint....so up to the day he becomes ex-president he can do that. If you have an issue with that...your concerns might be legitimate in terms of politics but in law your concerns are clearly illegitimate. For me that is the key issue"
He pointed out that President Kufuor made a similar decision when he signed off on the Single Spine Salary Scheme days before he handed over to the late President Mills.
"Ex-president Kufuor major appointments a few days before he handed over. We lived with those appointments... Increasing the salaries of workers to levels that even the workers said it is okay"