A senior lecturer at the Department of Physics at the University of Ghana, Dr. Nana Ama Browne Klutse has indicated that the minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu is not fit for purpose, following the controversial Sputnik V vaccine procurement contract.
The Dormaa Central Legislator, who is been hounded by some Ghanaians and CSOs for signing a contract for COVID-19 vaccines without a Parliamentary approval has come under fire after an ad-hoc committee constituted by Parliament to investigate circumstances surrounding the botched deal submitted its report to the House on Friday, August 6, 2021.
The Health Ministry agreed at US$19.00 per dose with Al Maktoum although ex-factory price of the vaccine was $US10, the committee’s findings revealed.
After over three weeks of work, the 9-member committee recommended, among other things, that Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta take steps to recover $2.85 million already paid to Sheikh Al Maktoum, the middleman who was contacted to get Ghana the vaccines.
Reacting to the matter on Tonton Sansan on TV XYZ, Dr Browne Klutse criticised the government’s reluctance to fire the embattled minister.
“If we were in a serious country, this man should have resigned by now,” she told host Prince Minkah and argued that although Agyemang-Manu had told the committee he was not thinking straight when he signed the contract, he cannot escape punishment if the government means well.
Browne Klutse said Ghana has a bilateral relationship with Russia so she could not understand why the country could not deal directly with the Russian government but a third party.
“The Health Minister himself said he was not thinking right how come his actions can be justified by anyone? He told a lie at the Committee. He lied under oath of which is perjury,” she added.
Dr Kluste further urged the government to punish Agyemang-Manu for his role in the deal to serve as a deterrent to other appointees who take advantage of the broken system to steal from the state.
On her part, Freda Agyemang Sarpong, a member of the government Communication Team asked for Ghanaians to be calm as the government analyses the issue and act accordingly.
“The government to government communication in the purchase of the vaccine failed during the Covid period, so the producers of the vaccine were dealing with their distributors and not on country by country basis,” Madam Sarpong stated.
In her defence, Freda Sarpong added, “The minister told the suppliers to prove their capacity when they were asked to supply some 25,000 dosages and they delivered.”