Minority demands probe into procurement of Sputnik V vaccines through middlemen


The Minority in Parliament is to file a motion for a bipartisan probe into the procurement of Sputnik V vaccines from Russia through middlemen.

Government, through the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu has signed two contracts for supply of Sputnik V vaccines at $19 and $18.5 through middlemen.

The move government explains is as a result of difficulties in securing vaccines through government to government arrangements which could have driven down the price.

The Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu at the meet the press engagement last week disclosed a deputy ambassador at the Russian embassy was engaged by government to facilitate the procurement of the vaccines but to no avail.

But addressing the media Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu stated a deputy Ambassador portfolio does not exist at the Russian embassy.

The Tamale South MP argued the contracts breach Article 181 (5) of the Constitution, which requires such international transactions to secure parliamentary approval and thus must be halted immediately.

Below is the Minority Leader’s speech at the press conference — myjoyoline


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