Vice presidential nominee, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur
Ghana’s Vice-President-designate, Mr.
Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, will be facing the Appointments Committee of Parliament this Monday morning to justify why he deserves to be the number two gentleman of the land.
The vetting will take place in Parliament and is highly expected to attract a lot of viewership on television and following on radio as well as generate public discussions, since his nomination has caused a lot of uproar within the rank and file of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Prior to his selection last week Tuesday, Mr.
Amissah-Arthur was the Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG).
This is the first time in the political history of Ghana for an incoming vice-president to appear before an Appointments Committee since the country has never lost a sitting president.
The position became vacant when Vice President John Mahama was constitutionally promoted to assume office as President following the death of former President John Evans Atta Mills on July 24.
Members of the Committee are likely to bring up the issue of the ailing Ghana cedi, which is still struggling to survive depreciation against major currencies like the US dollar and Euros.
Although some party stalwarts such as Eastern Regional Minister, Victor Smith, have raised objections about his nomination and his possible selection as the NDC’s running mate for the December elections, Mr.
Amissah-Arthur has explained he is a true party man and a material worth attracting votes for the 20-year-old party.
Upon the recommendation of the Appointments Committee, members of the House are expected to approve him, which will be followed by a swearing-in ceremony later today or Tuesday.
By Kent Mensah/Citifmonline.com/Ghana