I regret Kasoa gun shooting incident – Hawa Koomson

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The Minister-designate for Fisheries Mavis Hawa Koomson says she regrets shooting a gun at Kasoa during the voter’s registration exercise last year.

The Minister-designate, who is also MP for Awutu-Senya East came under heavy criticism, with some calling for her to be sacked as a government official for allegedly shooting a gun at a voter registration center in her constituency.

She had then given the excuse that the gunshot was out of self defense as she felt her life was under threat at the time.

But she seem to have changed her language now that she is before the Parliamentary Appointments Committee for vetting a possible approval for a ministerial position in President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo second government.

Hawa Koomson told the committee “I’d want to put on record that the incident didn’t happen at the registration center. It happened about 150 meters from the center but I still regret it – I wish it never happened in our political history.”

She noted that the gun she used was registered.

Civil Society groups, as well as security analysts called for her arrest, prosecution and sack.

Security expert Professor Kwesi Aning had said the action by Hawa Koomson undermines President Akufo-Addo’s fight against vigilantism in the country.

According to him, the MP is unfit to hold herself out as a lawmaker and also as a member of the ruling New Patriotic Party.

Director for Elections for the opposition NDC, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah had also threaten that the next NDC government will ensure Hawa Koomson is prosecuted if the sitting president did not do it.

Meanwhile, today Hawa Koomson and Minister-designate for information are facing the Appointments Committee.

Below are their brief profiles:

About Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah was born on April 5, 1982, at Koforidua in the Eastern Region.

He had his basic school education at St. Bernadette Soubirous School in Dansoman and continued to Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary in Koforidua for his senior high education and later studied at the University of Cape Coast where he received a bachelor’s degree in Commerce.

In 2012, he graduated with an MBA in Marketing from the University of Ghana, Legon.

In 2014, Kojo was awarded a bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) at the GIMPA Faculty of Law after two years of studies.

In 2016, he was called to the Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ghana.

Prior to that, in 2015, he contested and won the NPP parliamentary primaries for Ofoase-Ayirebi constituency in the Eastern Region of Ghana.

He won this parliamentary seat during the 2016 Ghanaian general elections. He was re-elected the MP for the area.

About Mavis Hawa Koomson

Mavis Hawa Koomson was born on February 3, 1966, in Sekondi in the Western Region. She had her Training College Education at Bimbila Training College from 1987 to 1991.

She then went to the University of Education where she obtained diploma in basic education from 2002 to 2006. She further pursued a degree course in basic education from 2006 to 2011 where she was awarded a Bachelor in basic education (UEW).

From September 2014 to November 2014, she offered a postgraduate diploma certificate in public administration (CPA) at GIMPA. From February 2015 to May 2015, she further pursued a postgraduate diploma certificate in public administration (DPA) at GIMPA. She is pursuing her Masters’ in public administration with specialisation in international relations and diplomacy from 2012 to date at GIMPA.

She has been a professional teacher for 21 years from 1991 to 2012 where she was a headteacher from 2005 to 2012, moving through the ranks of assistant superintendent in 1998 to Principal Superintendent in 2011.

She occupied various positions such as president of GNATLAS (Sekondi local) from 2005 to 2006, treasurer for GNATLAS (Western Region) from 2003 to 2005 and also Secretary for GNATLAS (Takoradi local) from 2002 to 2004.

She has been a Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya East Constituency since 2012 where she served on various Select Committees of Parliament namely; Select Committee for Lands and Natural Resources, Select Committee for Women and Gender and the Select Committee for African Parliamentary Union.

Hon. Hawa Koomson is the only Parliamentary Candidate for Awutu-Senya East to have won the seat for two terms, and she is married with 3 children.

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