Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, the flagbearer candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has stated that if elected president of Ghana, he will conduct a ministry change every two months.
According to him, his statement derives from the fact that permitting persons to keep ministerial posts for an extended period of time can promote corruption and encourage people to labor without putting out their best efforts since they know they will not be fired.
The Assin Central Member of Parliament (MP) stated that he would not accept ministerial wrongdoing and that anyone found to be involved in corrupt activities would be fired immediately if found to be liable.
He made the statement when asked about the current Akufo-Addo-led government’s lack of frequent ministerial reshuffles, which has sparked criticism from some members of the public and rival political parties in the nation.
“I have a problem with that [irregular ministerial reshuffle], that’s why some ministers behave with impunity and I have a very big problem with that. For me my reshuffle will not be two or four years, I will do it every two months. If you don’t work well and you embezzle state funds I will fire you. If we don’t do that we won’t develop,” he said in an interview with Oman FM which Ghana Web monitored.
Kennedy Agyapong stated that he would not listen to the appeals of famous figures in the country if an appointee was sacked for violating regulations.
“If you want to sack someone then pastors, kings, and politicians would be pleading on their behalf. Sometimes even when you have set up your own company then politicians will be threatening you. You can’t do that in any country.”
The NPP primaries are set for November 4, 2023. The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, MP for Assin Central Kennedy Agyapong, former MP for Mampong Francis Addai-Nimoh, and former Agriculture Minister, Dr Owusu Akoto Afriyie are the four candidates for the presidency.