Monday, 17 June

Kpemka's appointment illegal - Donkor

General News
Joseph Kpemka

 Dr. Kwabena Donkor, former Power Minister and current Member of Parlament for Pru East Constituency in the Bono East Region, has condemned the appointment of Mr Joseph Dindiok Kpemka as the Deputy Managing Director of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Limited Company (BOST), labelling it unconstitutional.

The announcement of the former Deputy Attorney General’s appointment to BOST emerged on Saturday, May 18, 2024, through a letter signed by Nana Bediatuo Asante, the Secretary to the President. 

The letter instructed the Energy Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, to take the necessary steps to regularize Kpemka's appointment.

However, Dr. Donkor has challenged the constitutionality of this appointment, arguing that BOST, as a limited liability company, does not fall under the purview of presidential appointments.

“BOST is a limited liability company, and there is a procedure for appointing officers. 

Since it is governed by the Companies Act (Act 992), the Presidency has no authority to appoint CEOs, Deputy MDs, or senior officers within the organization,” Dr. Donkor asserted in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM.

He further highlighted that the State Interests and Governance Authority (SIGA) Act also does not grant the Presidency the power to make such appointments for limited liability companies.

Dr. Donkor urged President Nana Akufo-Addo to adhere to the legal procedures for appointments and to avoid unconstitutional actions. 

“There is a procedure, and as a people and as a nation, we must learn to respect the law, particularly coming from the Presidency.

 I have a lot of respect for the President, but the Presidency is getting it totally wrong,” he emphasized.

This controversy underscores the need for strict adherence to legal frameworks governing appointments within state-affiliated entities to ensure compliance with constitutional and statutory provisions

Source: Mensah