Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, was engaged in a heated exchange that nearly resulted in a closed hand with member of parliament for Ningo prampram, Sam George over what the minority described as an inflated cost for the purchase of a chancery building in Oslo, Norway.
The development occurred at the parlour of parliament on Monday, when the ranking member of the foreign affairs committee raised issues concerning the cost of a purchasing a building, the Foreign Affairs Ministry intends to purchase in Oslo, Norway.
According to Okudzeto, the sum of US$12.2m presented as cost of purchasing a building for a chancery in Oslo, Norway is outrageous and inflated by US$8.6million so the Minority will not support the approval of the Ministry’s 2019 budget allocation.
The Minister became angry ostensibly because the MP for Ningo Prampram was filming her during her consultations/explanation with Okudzeto.
‘Gesture not hit’
According to Ms. Botchwey, there was no way she was going to hit Sam George and explained that her closed hand was only a “gesture”.
She explained that she was having a conversation with Okudzeto Ablakwa and that Sam George had no right to record or film her.
“It was an invasion of privacy, that is not acceptable, why is everything talking about stretching my hand to hit him-why will I do that?, I was talking to him that; why are you recording ?she said.
She told the media at the press conference to clarify issues concerning cost of purchasing a chancery at Oslo, by the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Furthermore, she stated that government does not have any intention to purchase the building at the alleged amount following due diligence conducted by the Ministry.