• Sun. Aug 7th, 2022

Sputnik-V scandal: Attempts to remove Health Minister an act in bad faith – Majority

With its proposal for a vote of censure on Minister of Health Kwaku Agyeman Manu, the Majority in Parliament accuses the Minority of acting in bad faith.

The report of the Ad-hoc committee set up to investigate the failed Sputnik-V agreement was finally adopted by the House after months of delay.

However, the Minority filed a resolution with 137 signatures earlier today, Wednesday, February 16, 2022, to remove the Minister of Health for his ‘dishonest’ role in the Sputnik-V vaccines procurement controversy.

Deputy Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo Markin, speaking to the press in parliament, said the Minority’s action is surprising, especially because the country has moved on since the results of the parliamentary committee that investigated the transaction were unanimously agreed upon by the two parties.

“Our colleagues agreed with us that we needed to move forward as a county and that the report was unanimous.” So, today in plenary, we unanimously endorsed the Sputnik-V report, which I believe is excellent for the country.”

“So we thought we’d handled with the Sputnik-V issue, but we’ve heard that there are attempts to file a motion of censure against the Health Minister.” We’ll be astonished if something happens on the first floor of the house, because it’ll be a severe breach of trust. Regardless, we will wait and see, but we have unanimously endorsed the report in plenary, just as the committee did with its conclusions and recommendations.”

The Minority said his acts were a “clear contravention of the Constitution and Laws approved by this Honourable House” in a memo to the Speaker of Parliament calling for a vote of censure.

They said Mr. Agyemang-Manu was guilty of perjury, among other things, when he “misrepresented to the Ad Hoc Committee on Oaths that no payment was made under the agreement to the Private Office of His Highness Shiek Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum [the Dubai-based businessman the Ministry of Health contacted for the procurement],” according to the six-point memo.

The vaccine scandal began when VG, a Norwegian tabloid, disclosed that the government was utilizing middlemen to obtain 3.4 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik-V COVID-19 vaccines.

However, this came at a greater cost of $19 than the original factory price of $10, prompting calls for the procurement contract to be canceled.

Mr. Agyemang-Manu alleged before that the state had not paid for the vaccine.

The head of the Health Committee in Parliament, Dr. Nana Ayew Afriyie, stated that the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the acquisition of the Sputnik-V vaccines need the involvement of middlemen, whose activities will result in an increase in the original price.

Dr. Afriyie also stated that no consignment had been received, but a parliamentary committee investigating the deal found that Sheikh Maktoum was paid $2,850,000, or half of the $5,700,000 owed to him for the supply of 300,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine, despite the fact that only 20,000 doses had been delivered.

Sheikh Ahmed, according to Mr. Agyemang-Manu, canceled the contract after he failed to meet his obligations.

However, this came at a greater cost of $19 than the original factory price of $10, prompting calls for the procurement contract to be canceled.

Mr. Agyemang-Manu alleged before that the state had not paid for the vaccine.

The head of the Health Committee in Parliament, Dr. Nana Ayew Afriyie, stated that the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the acquisition of the Sputnik-V vaccines need the involvement of middlemen, whose activities will result in an increase in the original price.

Dr. Afriyie also stated that no consignment had been received, but a parliamentary committee investigating the deal found that Sheikh Maktoum was paid $2,850,000, or half of the $5,700,000 owed to him for the supply of 300,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine, despite the fact that only 20,000 doses had been delivered.

Sheikh Ahmed, according to Mr. Agyemang-Manu, canceled the contract after he failed to meet his obligations.

The committee, on the other hand, did not specify any specific sanctions for the Minister of Health.

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