Otiko Djaba, the minister for gender, children and social protection, has fired back at critics who have used her strained relationship with her mother as a political weapon.
During her vetting by the appointments committee of parliament, Djaba faced questions regarding the health of her relationship with her mother.
Some MPs on the minority side refused to support her nomination, saying that she could not be trusted to care for elderly people in the country, if she could not take care of her own mother.
But speaking on Accra-based Asempa FM on Wednesday, Djaba, threw light on what complicated her relationship with her mother.
She said her “sister”, Joyce Bawa-Mogtari, a former deputy minister for transport and now special aide to former president Mahama, instigated her beef with her mother.
She said Bawa-Mogtari, just a week before the 7 December 2016 general elections, conspired with “strangers” to pack all her things out of her mother’s home in Bole in the Northern region.
“Strangers went and removed my things, so, I called my mum and I told her that: ‘You’ve evicted me from your house, you’ve evicted me from your life’. And she apologised for allowing that to happen without my knowledge," she said.
The minister said her family cited renovation of the house as the basis for removing her things from the house, but that she knew it was for political reasons.
“It was all politics, but they claimed they were going to renovate the house, and, so, needed to move my things, but I’m the first born, so, I deserve to be pre-informed about such a thing but nothing was told me. I had so many things in my mother’s house, so I told them to wait till I come over or till I send my child over to pack them out, but they paid no heed."
Dbaja added that she would have loved to keep the intricate details of her failing relationship with her mom secret, but felt compelled to speak due to what she called "pestering" by elements within the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
“I wouldn’t have brought this up had the NDC not been pestering me about my relationship with my mother. They packed all my things from my mother’s house, so, people must know my story before they get up and be asking me about my relationship with my mother," she said.
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