The fate of the deputy Minister of Local Government-designate John Oti Bless hangs in the balance as Parliament failed to approve his nomination on Thursday.
The House has decided to defer his approval following some disparaging comments he made about the chief justice Georgina Wood in a live radio discussion.
According to the Speaker, Edward Doe Adjaho, consultations on the nomination of Oti Bless are still ongoing.
Bless, who is also the MP for Nkwanta North, had been cleared by the Appointments Committee, despite a few concerns over his delivery during the vetting session. However, during the plenary, the Minority put spokes in his works when an MP – Osei-Wusu – drew the House’s attention to his attacks on the head of the bench in a heated Montie FM political discussion.
In the audio, Oti Bless was heard scandalising the apex court, specifically the CJ, claiming she was manipulating the Bench for political gains.
“Today we have a CJ who because of a Political favour done her, will do anything to help the NPP. It is an agenda. The electoral commission should stop working and give it to Georgina Woode. Why? Meddling in the affairs of the Electoral Commission. And we have a whole CJ, look at how old you are; you have kids and grandchildren and yet you are at the Court doing politics; you deliberately appoint NPP Judges to do politics and scheme with NPP to give biased rulings. Are you not calling for war? Are you not calling for civil war? Are you not destroying this country?” he said when he appeared on the ‘Pampaso’ political show on June 24.
He continued: “We have to watch this Chief Justice. My brother Mugabe, I am telling you, when you go to the Supreme Court today, the Chief Justice is fighting one worker all because of politics. Let me give you a last filla. Do you know that during the Election Petition case, these people made a plot to kidnap a child of Tony Lithur, who was lawyer for our Excellency John Mahama so he would not concentrate on the case?”
Meanwhile, the deputy Eastern regional minister-designate Joseph Tetteh Angmor has been cleared by the House. Parliament is currently on recess and will resume September.
Source: starrfmonline.com/Kent Mensah