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The health minister hasn’t broken any law in messy Sputnik V procurement – Afenyo-Markin


 The Deputy Majority Leader and Chairman of Parliament's adhoc Committee that tested the bungled Sputnik V immunization acquisition bargain, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, doesn't figure it will be important to make a reformatory move against Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu over the untidy arrangement. 

Responding to inquiries from the bi-hardliner parliamentary board examining the disputable Sputnik V antibody acquirement, Mr. Agyemang-Manu conceded that he neglected to look for bureau and parliamentary endorsement prior to connecting with a private individual for the acquirement of Sputnik V antibodies in a bid to deal with Ghana's COVID-19 cases. 

Albeit the Minister demonstrated that no cash was paid to the organization regardless of an underlying 20,000 antibodies provided to Ghana, the report by the advisory group tracked down that 50% of the all out agreement amount of GHS16 million was really paid. 

He said the earnest and basic nature of the conditions at that point, didn't allow him to utilize the right channels. 

These disclosures strengthened requires the abdication or excusal of the Minister. 

However, a report from the adhoc advisory group entrusted to research the bungled arrangement just suggested that the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, finds a way ways to recuperate the $2,850,000 exhausted towards the messed up obtainment. 

The financial specialist being referred to has likewise written to take care of the cash in light of a solicitation made by the Minister in a letter dated August 2, 2021. 

This has not gone down well with some pressing factor gatherings. 

They set that the finishes of the advisory group and the affirmations of the Health Minister make it basic for certain approvals to be suggested by the board of trustees. 

They in this manner pushed for criminal procedures to be started against the Minister since he had expressed after swearing to tell the truth that no cash was paid in the process to secure the antibody. 

However, Mr. Afenyo-Markin thinks these suggestions are implausible. 

He contends that there are no arrangements in the law that involve the Health Minister. 

Talking on Face to Face on Citi TV, he said, "I have not perused any rules which say that inability to look for earlier endorsement adds up to an offense. There is no such law that I have perused that involves the Minister. What I cannot deny is that when you don't look for earlier endorsement, and you are along these lines prompted and you verily accept same to be valid, you go for confirmation and approval of choices is permitted by law." 

"Under the PPA act you are permitted to look for approval, You can possibly discuss a break when after PPA has directed examinations and said it can't sanction a choice. Much as the environment is charged, we similarly hold an obligation to teach on the law. Past the political inquiries and answers are the real factors of the law." 

Mr. Afenyo-Markin holds that, however the Health Minister might have failed at a point, he is by and large unduly misled. 

"Shockingly Mr. Agyemang Manu has become a casualty of situation and that is the value you pay when you come into public assistance. It is normal. Individuals can misjudge you. General society has not gotten the full realities. Individuals are contorting the story to humiliate him. The fact of the matter is that when he was alluding to that figure, at the point on schedule, he was reacting to inquiries on the public authority of Ghana sources, remember that for reciprocal sources there is no outsider merchant. So he said that on that score, he won't pay more than that." 

"In our discoveries, we said it would have been judicious for him to look for the Attorney General's recommendation, come to Parliament, and go to PPA prior to consenting to the arrangement. We don't need the impression to be that the NPP side of the council is shielding the Minister. We just need current realities to be put out there reasonably with the goal that we don't contaminate the personalities of individuals. It was a bi-sectarian council, we consistently thought of the report. I'm not changing my situation on our discoveries. In any case, I am prepared to shield and manage all underhandedness," he added. 

In the interim, Sheik Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum, the Dubai-based money manager the Ministry of Health reached for the messed up acquirement of 300,000 portions of Sputnik V immunization has consented to discount a measure of $2,470,000 to Ghana. 

This was after the Ministry kept in touch with him for a discount.

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