The Minister-designate for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Mrs Mavis Hawa Koomson, has apologised for her involvement in a shooting incident which nearly marred the voter registration process in her constituency on Monday, July 20, 2020.
On that day, Mrs Koomson, who is also the Member of Parliament for the Awutu Senya East Constituency in the Central Region, went to the Step to Christ polling centre at Kasoa after receiving information that people from outside the constituency had been bussed to register there as voters.
After a misunderstanding broke out, the MP said she fired warning shots, which she claimed was in “self-defense”.
Appearing before the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Thursday, Mrs Koomson admitted in agreement with the MP for Tamale South, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, that her actions were “unministerial, dishonourable”, and consequently apologised.
She said, “Mr Chairman, I want to take this opportunity to apologise to the people who were so scared on that day.”
Mrs Koomson’s apology followed a question by the MP for Gushegu, Mr Hassan Tampuli on events that led to the firing of a gun by the minister-designate.
Responding to the question, Mrs Koomson said although her actions were premised on some circumstances at the time, they were regrettable.
She also expressed the hope that such an incident would not repeat itself.