"We Shouldn't Pretend . . . The Problem Is Not Ken Ofori-Atta" - Mireku Duker 'Fires' Colleague NPP MPs

Deputy Lands and Natural Resources Minister, George Mireku Duker has shared his dissenting position on the request by Members of Parliament(MP), particularly of the governing New Patriotic Party(NPP), for the removal of Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta.

George Mireku Duker, who is also the Member of Parliament for Tarkwa-Nsuaem, appealed to his colleague MPs to let calm prevail over the matter.

According to him, no human is 100% perfect, so it doesn't sound right that the NPP MPs will gang up on the Finance Minister.

Speaking on Peace FM's morning programme 'Kokrokoo', Hon. Mireku Duker noted that the constitution gives the President authority of appointment and that it is unbecoming of the MPs to behave in such a manner.

"Our party is a conversative one and we don't just make descions . . . you don't expect any conservative government to do reshuffle just anyhow . . . " he said.

Adding that we should know where the problem is coming from as a government.

"We shouldn't pretend, the problem of this Republic and the global challenge is not Ken Ofori-Atta, we have to know this, he is not the problem," he told kwami Sefa Kayi.

He feared that the behavior of the MPs will lead to a certain convention where MPs will stage a coup whenever they are unhappy with a President's ministerial appointee.

"Now we are creating a convention that if the President appoints someone and we are not happy about it, then, in two days, you can find some MPs to stage a coup that the President should remove the person . . . I mean what kind of governance are we creating?"

He pleaded with his colleagues to cease fire stating, "if Ken Ofori-Atta has done something in breach of the law, we know the way to go. You go to the court, it's not press conference. It's not a press conference that will solve the issue. I mean some of our constituents are disappointed in the MPs, in some MPs, that we have to ensure that collective responsibility is key as a party and as a government".