A writ has been filed at the Supreme Court by two members of the minority to have the appointment of Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba as Minister for Gender, Children, and Social Protection revoked.
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The two National Democratic Congress (NDC) members who are suing the minister are Ernest Norgbey and Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, the Members of Parliament (MPs) for the Ashaiman and Juaboso Constituencies respectively.
The Plaintiffs hold that Madam Otiko Djaba is yet to undertake national service; hence she is not qualified to be made a minister of the country.
The minority in Parliament were not happy about Madam Otiko Djaba’s failure to do her national service and subsequently boycotted her approval as Minister for Gender, Children, and Social Protection.
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The majority, however went ahead to approve her appointment with an overwhelming vote count.
But the issue has now taken a whole new twist after two NDC MPs took the case to court asking for Madam Otiko’s appointment to be revoked.
A writ read: “A declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of the provisions of the constitution particularly article 94 (2)(g) of the constitution is in contempt of section (7) of the Ghana National Service Act, Act 426.”
In other portions of the writ, the Plaintiffs also requested that the minister be restrained from “acting or purporting to act as Minister of State until such a time she completes her national service or duly granted an exemption in accordance with the National Service Act.”