Mavis Hawa Koomson’s brother has written to the Chairman of Parliament’s Appointments Committee, requesting that North Tongu Member of Parliament Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa apologize for portraying him as “barbaric,” among other things, during her vetting.
According to his lawyers’ instructions, Prince-Kamal Gumah stated in his letter that Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa brandished his picture on camera while asking a question during the Awutu Senya East MP’s vetting and “also made comments which sought to cast a slur on our client’s reputation and image, by portraying him as an uncivilised, violent and barbaric person.”
He claimed that the action had harmed his global business interests as well as his political career.
Mr Gumah stated that the timely intervention of the Committee’s Chairman, Joseph Osei Owusu, prevented the National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP from descending into areas that would have severely harmed his reputation.
“To that end, not only does our client express profound gratitude to you, Chairman, through this medium, but he also urges you to ensure that Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa renders him an unqualified apology,” the letter demanded.
“Our client requests that we state for the record that he is the Deputy Youth Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) of the United States of America (USA) wing.
“In addition, as a businessman, he is involved with a number of international business organizations and entities, including those in the building and constructions sector, pharmaceutical imports, the oil and gas sector, media, and cybersecurity.
“He emphasizes that the conduct of Hon Okudzeto Ablakwa could potentially reverse everything he has strenuously worked for and achieved in life, owing largely to the magnitude of the influence of such international entities on his business interests’ operations and political advancement.
“To that end, he implores you to use your high offices to compel the Hon. Member to retract and apologize to him in writing and/or publicly within a reasonable time.”