Former Member of Parliament for Tamale Central constituency, Mr. Inusah Fuseini has been ordered by Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) to withdraw and apologize for his ‘age discriminatory’ comment against Special Prosecutor nominee, Kissi Agyabeng.
Following the nomination of Mr. Kissi, Inusah Fuseini raised issues about his age. According to him, the nominee is too young for the Special Prosecutor job because of the exposure he would get to risks associated with the Office of the Special Prosecutor.
“Did the President search well enough and not found a worthy replacement for Martin Amidu other than Kissi Agyabeng? Why did the President settle on Agyebeng, when Agyebeng after seven years will be around 50 years?
The Special Prosecutor’s position which is a risky job needs someone who is further advanced in life to resist any form of temptations due to how complicated the fight against corruption is”
As a lawyer and former MP, my only concern is his age,” Mr. Fuseini was quoted by MyJoyOnline as having said on a political program on Adom FM days ago.
However, his comment is found to be detasteful by ASEPA which then called on him [Mr. Fuseini] to apologize and withdraw the comment.
“We deem the comments rather unfortunate coming from a Member of Parliament from a Party that belongs to the left. Unlike the Conservatives, the Left have always been geared towards the principles of Equality and Non-Discrimination on all basis such as Age, Gender, Religious Belief etc.”
“We therefore deem the comments from the former MP rather reckless and unacceptable and we recommend that he officially withdraw those comments publicly and apologize,” parts of the press release sighted by GhanaVanguard.com read.
Read the full press release below;
INUSSAH FUSEINI MUST APOLOGIZE FOR “TOO YOUNG COMMENTS” AGAINST KISSI AGYABENG – ASEPA
Our attention have been drawn to a comment from Mr. Innusah Fuseini, former MP for Tamale Central, describing the newly nominated Special Prosecutor as too young to
occupy the office of Special Prosecutor.
We deem the comments rather unfortunate coming from a Member of Parliament from a Party that belongs to the left. Unlike the Conservatives, the Left have always been geared towards the principles of Equality and Non-Discrimination on all basis such as Age, Gender, Religious Belief etc.
The issues Civil Society have raised against the nomination of Mr. Agyabeng has absolutely nothing to do with his age, our primary concerns have been the personal relationships he holds with certain people in Government and whether those relationships doesn’t conflict him or potentially put him in a Conflict of Interest position even before he begins his work as Special Prosecutor.
These are critical issues that cannot be diluted with discriminatory comments such as his age or status as a Lawyer.
We therefore deem the comments from the former MP rather reckless and unacceptable and we recommend that he officially withdraw those comments publicly and apologize.
Young people have played and continue play instrumental role in our democracy and the development of this Country, what should rather be encouraged is more opportunities for young people to serve and to develop themselves to be better placed to take over the management of the Country in future.
In this this light we deem Mr. Agyabeng’s youthfulness as a strength rather a weakness, all other concerns about his role in AGYAPA and persons associated with it still remains valid.
Executive Director, ASEPA
Issued: Saturday, May 01, 2021.