Ghana deputy minister resigns for flouting COVID-19 restrictions

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Ghanaians register as voters ahead of the country’s December general elections. /Photo courtesy: Ghanaian Presidency.

Ghana’s deputy trade and industry minister was forced to vacate his position for breaking government COVID-19 isolation measures after he tested positive for the disease.

Carlos Ahenkorah, who is also an MP, visited a voter registration center, where he mingled freely with the public and was seen hugging others in amateur footage posted on social media.

He however said he adhered to social-distancing rules, adding that he was asymptomatic.

Some Ghanaians called for him to be prosecuted for putting the lives of fellow citizens at risk.

His resignation was confirmed by Ghana’s presidency, which said President Nana Akufo-Addo urged his appointees to “provide leadership” in the West African country’s fight against COVID-19.

“In accepting the resignation, the President recognises that Hon. Carlos Ahenkorah has acted honourably in the circumstances by resigning his office, and wishes him well,” a statement by the presidency said.

As of Friday afternoon, Ghana had reported 18,134 COVID-19 infections and 117 deaths, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

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