The Minister-designate for Special Development Initiatives, Ms. Mavis Hawa Koomson, has apologised to former President John Mahama and asked for forgiveness for making unsavory comments against him during the 2016 electioneering campaign.
According to the Awutu Senya East MP, her comments were “political talk” hence should be pardoned.
Ms. Koomson, in the run-up to the 2016 polls, used unprintable words against the former President on various political platforms.
In one of those media engagements, Mavis Hawa Koomson, said the former President was competing “with the devil for the crown emperor of lies and deceit,” a description which generated heated debate on the political front.
“It takes only insensitive President like Mahama to force his people to pay more for insufficient electricity power supply and irregular water flow in this country at a point where salaries have not increased once, but utility bills have been increased three times within this year,” she also bemoaned at the time, when there was an increment in electricity tariffs.
But at her vetting in Accra on Tuesday, Ms. Koomson said she regrets those comments and that, they were politically motivated.
“I do regret using those words (against the former President) because it is a political talk and I am sorry for that,” she told Parliament’s Appointments Committee.
“I retract and apologise for using those words” she pleaded and said she would not repeat those words against the former President and any other person.
On what her roles would be in the Akufo-Addo led administration, Hawa Koomson said she would be in charge of special initiatives that would be introduced by the President.
She said the President was aware of the task ahead and would introduce initiatives which would fit into the agenda of the government and needed to be well coordinated to bring the desired results and underscores the need for a special attention to be given to that area.
By Julius Yao Petetsi