The Minister for Communication, Ursula Owusu has said, there is no basis to prosecute former Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry after he flouted COVID-19 safety protocols whilst in isolation.
According to her, the resignation of the Tema West constituency MP from his Ministerial role for breaching coronavirus protocols is enough punishment.
“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 a 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.” she said.
Mr. Ahenkorah on Friday, July 3, 2020, resigned after visiting a centre in the ongoing voter registration exercise despite being aware that he was positive for Coronavirus.
But, Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful argues Ghanaians should rather commend Carlos Ahenkorah, for resigning.
“I think that in the heat of the moment, Carlos felt compelled to go out there and monitored 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 protocol.”
“He breached it and he has taken personally responsible for it. So instead of condemning him, we 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.