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We will ‘definitely lay off’ people appointed in Mahama’s last days – Osafo Marfo

The Senior Minister designate, Yaw Osafo-Marfo, has said the new government will lay off people appointed after December 7, 2016

According to Mr Osafo-Marfo, during the transition the incoming administration tried to be ‘nice’ to the John Mahama led administration but the latter’s decision to make eleventh hour appointments frustrated their efforts at achieving a smooth transition.

In his last days, John Mahama appointed Joseph Whittal (R) and Josephine Nkrumah (L) as the heads of CHRAJ and NCCE respectively.
Mr Osafo-Marfo was the head of the transition team on the incoming government side and told the Vetting Committee of Parliament that during that period other members on his side wanted strong action on the last-minute appointments.

“[I told the other members], no, let us have a very smooth transition, let’s take time to have look at these things and also do what is right and what we can explain to the Ghanaian public that if names appear after December 7, we definitely would lay them off.”

Shortly after John Mahama’s loss of the December 2016, there were reports that a number of government institutions were being filled with the appointment of people suspected to be his party faithfuls.

The former president also made a number of high profile appointments including to the offices of the Auditor-General, the National Commission of Civic Education and Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice.
The former finance minister is before the vetting committee to

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