Attempts by the Minority NDC to drag Minister of Sports, Isaac Asiamah, before Parliament to respond to Ghana’s participation in the Afcon 2019 hit gold last Friday when the MPs were informed the Minister will brief the House on Tuesday, 23rd July, 2019.
The Minority is demanding the Minister to explain Ghana’s abysmal performacne in the competition and provide updates on budget for the entire campaign.
The Black Stars were knocked out of the competition by Tunisia in the round of 16 with performance of the team drawing sharp criticisms and prompting calls for probe into what happened in Egypt.
Majority leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu disclosed this last Friday and indicated he has had interaction with the Minister who has agreed to make a statement to the House tomorrow or possibly the day after, Wednesday 24th July.
MP for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak, made an application to the Speaker on the matter and stressed Ghanaians are demanding answers.
Business statement for the ninth week ending Friday 26th July, 2019, he argued, did not contain any information about a schedule for the Minister to address the House and wondered if his presence could not be accommodated.
On Friday July 12, 2019, MP for South Tongu, Kobena Mensah Wayome, made a similar application to the Speaker.
He had complained that the Sport Minister failed to respond to an urgent question on the budget of the team before departing for Egypt.
And expressed displeasure his attempt to get the minister to address the House is not being tackled appropriately.
Former Sports Minister, Rashid Pelpuo, supported the call and stressed, “There is so much talk about the team’s budget and why Ghana crushed out of the tournament so early.”
He indicated it is important for Ghanaians to understand what happened to the team at the competition.
“This is the first time in eight years that we couldn’t cross the first knockout stage of the tournament and Ghanaians are not happy,” he stated.
The Minority had initially demanded the Minister to respond to a question but Deputy Majority leader, Sarah Adwoa Safo suggested otherwise and stressed a statement would afford more members opportunity to contribute to the topic rather than limit it to just a couple of questions.