…Over public officials sackings
The National Democratic Member of Parliament for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak, has expressed worry over the termination of appointments of some public officials whose offices fall under the guarantee tenure status. By the guarantee tenure status, officials occupying positions that fall under the tenure are not, by the constitution, to be removed from office by a political office holder.
According to him, the NPP government’s effort to terminate appointments of certain public officials occupying positions deemed to be having the guarantee tenure status is dangerous and deepens the political polarization in the country.
“You know politically the nation is divided between the NDC and the NPP, and the more they continue with acts like this the more those divisions widen and it’s dangerous. When the government begins to tamper with people who have guaranteed tenure, it’s highly unlawful,” he said.
Speaking to this paper, following the recent dismissal of the Medical Director of the Ridge Regional Hospital, Dr. Thomas Anaba, Ras Mubarak, also known as Abdulai Mohammed, stressed that Dr. Anaba’s appointment to head the Ridge Hospital was not a political decision and that he went through the necessary procedures that made him qualified for the job.
Dr. Anaba was appointed amidst controversy on February 1, last year, by President John Mahama. His appointment was to last till 2020 after which he would have had the option of reapplying to stay on.
He was served with his dismissal letter this Monday, May 15, and asked to vacate his post in two hours. He is however demanding to know if his dismissal had the blessing of the Public Service Commission and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) Council.
Ras Mubarak, who once served as National Youth Authority boss during the Mahama administration, said the exercise to purge the civil and public service system through illegal means is going to cause the country a lot of money.
Explaining, he said majority of these officials who sought to challenge the government action legally were asked to proceed on leave and yet their official salaries are being paid them while not at post working.
He then called on the media, civil society organizations, the clergy and academia to get involved to condemn such practices being carried out by the government.
“We all have to get involved, the media should be talking about this situation and to point it out that it’s not a good practice; what I intend doing is and it’s also unfortunate that parliament is on recess till the 30th of May, this year, because the health minister should come over to the House to answer some questions as to how and what went into the dismissal of Dr. Anaba without basis,” he stated.
The legislator insists that the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, has flouted the country’s constitution with impunity and must be hauled before parliament for further explanations on why he unilaterally chose to terminate the appointment of the Ridge Hospital boss, without adhering to due process within the public service act.