Ghanaian musician cum Politician, Kwame Asare Obeng, popularly known as Kwame A Plus has directed Ursula Owusu-Ekuful to ask her grandfather why the Deputy Trade and Industry Minister should be prosecuted for flouting the COVID-19 protocols.
Hon. Carlos Ahenkorah, MP for Tema West who tested positive for the novel coronavirus was discharged from the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital where he was receiving treatment after his condition improved.
However, Mr. Ahenkorah despite his COVID-19 status visited a registration centre in his constituency to check out how things were going.
The legislator confirmed this to several radio interviews granted him. His reason was that he is asymptomatic.
His action received condemnation from a majority of Ghanaians describing his move to visit the centre despite him being Covid-19 patient as irresponsible and undermining the fight against the deadly virus.
Carlos Ahenkorah has peacefully resigned from his position as Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry.
Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Communications Minister during an interview with the media noted that, the deputy Trade and Industry Minister should have been applauded for resigning after he flouted COVID-19 safety protocols whilst in isolation.
“I think that in the heat of the moment, Carlos felt compelled to go out there and monitor the registration process. My heart really goes out to him. He is an excellent material in the Ministry, he will be missed but we must respect and applaud him for doing the honourable thing once he realised that he was part of a government that was preaching the compliance of all the COVID-19 protocols.
“He breached it and he has taken personally responsible for it. So, instead of condemning him, we should appreciate the steps he has taken. It is very rare in this country for people to acknowledge that whatever they have done is wrong so they will lay their position down. Others will have been defending the indefensible,” She noted.
Commenting on the numerous calls for the prosecution of Mr. Ahenkorah, Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful said they had no basis.
“Prosecution for what? Unless you can show that an individual contracted the virus by coming into contact with him, because he went out on the monitoring. It will be difficult to establish a case for spreading COVID-19 unwillingly. It is easy to say but will you have the evidence to prosecute? I think that if it is punishment we want, he has laid down his position as deputy Minister to take responsibility for it. You don’t beat a dead horse, what else would you achieve by his prosecution? If he had insisted that he hadn’t done anything wrong and so he was still going to defend his action then the call for further sanction to be applied would be in order,” Ursula said.