17 December 2012

Ghana: Veep Cannot Head Transition Team - Jean Mensah

The Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Jean Mensah has raised objections about the appointment of the Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur as the head of the Presidential Transition team.

The President, John Mahama, on Wednesday swore in a 22-member transition team to manage the transition to a new administration in accordance with the Presidential (Transition) Act.

He also mandated his Vice, Amissah-Arthur to head the team which was to oversee the smooth transfer of power to the new administration and take an inventory of all executive assets during the last presidential term.

However, in an interview with Accra based radio station, Joy FM on Friday, Mrs. Mensah explained that "per the law, it is the Administrator General who takes charge and not the Vice President."

According to her, the setting up of an Advisory Council chaired by the Speaker of Parliament, Joyce Bamford-Addo was also not necessary in the transition to a new administration because "that really becomes necessary when you have an outgoing government handing over to an incoming; a totally new government."

"The Advisory Council is made up of members from both sides and that Council really is the Council that deals with disputes, not the transition so to speak. As far as the law is concerned, you don't need an Advisory Council because [the Committee] must be made up of both sides and not one side," she added.

The IEA Director explained that the Administrator General is an autonomous independent person and should therefore take charge or the transitioning process.

"He has the authority under the law to do this and he has the tenure as the Justice of the Court of Appeal and therefore he's granted security of tenure and therefore we expect to see him taking charge of this process."

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