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Majority blames budget rejection on Speaker Bagbin’s ‘partisan’ nature

The Majority Caucus has accused the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, and the Minority of subjecting the government of Ghana to embarrassment for mere partisan reasons.

They have also gone ahead to call on Ghanaians to disregard reports concerning the rejection of the 2022 budget by Parliament.

The budget and economic planning policy for the government was rejected by Parliament, following the inability of the two opposing sides to arrive at a consensus last Friday.

A statement from the Majority side said: “The Majority Caucus finds it unfortunate that after making requests to the Finance Minister to consider some items in the Budget Statement, the Minority Caucus assisted by Speaker Bagbin, who had earlier indicated his ability to obstruct Government business, refused to give the Finance Minister and opportunity to accommodate their requests and instead hurriedly moved to on their own, attempt to vote against the Budget in a bid to subject the Government of Ghana to embarrassment for mere partisan reasons”.

“For the record, the acts of the Minority and the decision of the Speaker to endorse it, constitute an unconstitutionality and an illegality and should be disregarded, as same is void and of no effect whatsoever”.

“We assure the good people of Ghana of our resolute willingness to ensure that the 1992 Constitution is respected to the letter by Speaker Bagbin and the Minority.”

Background

Majority members of Parliament on Friday, 26, 2021 staged a walkout during processes to approve the 2022 budget in the House.

It follows a continued disagreement over a directive by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, for non-MPs to vacate the Chamber following a request for a division after a voice vote in the House.

Parliament had through a voice vote rejected a request by the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, to have a consultation with the leadership of the House before the approval of the 2022 budget.

Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo Markin, challenged the Speaker’s interpretation of the voice vote and called for a ‘division’.

Speaker Bagbin thus directed that, per orders of the House, non-MPs had to vacate the Chamber during the division process.

XYZ Parliamentary Correspondent Princess Arita Anim reported that, while vacating the Chamber, the Majority MPs demanded that the General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, who was sitting in the public gallery at the time, ought to have exited the House.

This action enraged the Majority MPs who walked out of the Chamber, leaving only members on the Minority side.

The Speaker of Parliament thus suspended the sitting for five minutes and upon the house reconvening, continued proceedings with the absence of the Majority members.

The 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy however was then rejected by Parliament.

 

Source: Myxyzonline.com|Ghana

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