Censure motion against Ofori-Atta smacks of mischief, it’s political; we won’t support it – Afenyo-Markin

Deputy Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo-Markin has said the motion of censure filed by the Minority for the removal of the Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta was a political agenda of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

It will not be supported by the Majority, he said.

He accused the opposition lawmakers of playing “mischief” with the motion.

His comments come after the Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu said that the motion  will fail if they don’t get the cooperation from the Majority side.

Mr Iddrisu who is also Member of Parliament for Tamale North said he is aware the Minority does not have the numbers to push their motion through.

Speaking on the floor of Parliament, he said after calling for a secret ballot on the motion that “if they cooperate we will be successful, if they don’t cooperate our exercise will not succeed.”

But responding to him, Mr Afenyo-Markin who is also lawmaker for Effutu said “This censure motion has already failed, who told you you are going to get any support from [our] side? it is a political motion and we won’t support, you won’t get any support. We will prove to you that it is an agenda against the Finance Minister. It is an NDC matter.”

They were commenting on the report of the 8-member committee that investigated the allegations made against Mr Ofori-Atta by the Minority, was laid before Parliament.

The report was laid by co-chair, K. T. Hammond on Friday November 25.

The Second Deputy Speaker Andrew Asiamah directed that copies of the report be distributed to members. Procedurally, debate on it will take place in subsequent sittings, TV3’s Evelyne Tengmaa reported on Friday November 25.

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Mr Ofori-Atta told the committee hearing on Friday November 18 that the proponents’ allegations do not have “weight for censure.”

He said each of the allegations leveled against him as false and went on to debunk each of them.

On the allegation of deliberate misreporting of economic data to Parliament, he said it is completely not true.

“Since I took office in 2017, I have served the country with integrity and honesty.
“Under my leadership at the Ministry of Finance, there have been significant improvements in the accurate reporting of public finances.

“Today, under President Nana Akufo-Addo, Ghanaians are enjoying greater accountability and transparency in the management of the public purse than any other period under the Fourth Republic.”

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana