The Minority in Parliament is unhappy with the New Party Party (NPP) Lawmakers for the U-Turn they made on the Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta.
Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu said their action disturbs parliamentary oversight on the functions of the executive arm of government.
His comments come after leader of the group of NPP Members of Parliament who earlier threatened to boycott the 2023 budget statement if the Mr Ofori-Atta was the one assigned to present it, Kwame Andy Appiah Kubi said that the NPP leadership and the leadership of the Majority have spoken to them not to discriminate against anyone who appears to present the budget including Mr Ofori-Atta.
Mr Appiah-Kubi who is also Lawmaker for Asanti-Akyim North said that they expect their constituents to understand them when they comply with the directive by the leadership.
He told Alfred Ocansey on the Sunrise show on 3FM Wednesday November 23 that “We have been told not to discriminate against anyone chosen to present the budget, including ken Ofori-Atta. We expect our constituents to understand us. The mother party has spoken.”
Mr Appiah-Kubi earlier served notice that the aggrieved MPs won’t be in Parliament to support the budget if Mr Ofori-Atta is the one to present the document.
The MPs believe that a new face should replace the Finance Minister due to the current economic challenges.
He told journalists that “We’ve gone back to (our demand for the President to) sack him now and therefore should the budget be presented under the stamp of the Finance Minister, we’ll not participate because as far as we’re concerned we’re never going to do business with him.
“And if we’re not going to do business with him, he does not participate in any process from the Presidency to the House. We will not participate in deliberations too.”
But at a crunch meeting in Accra on Tuesday November 22, the leadership of the party and the Majority group in Parliament in a statement co-signed by Majority Chief Whip Frank Annoh-Dompreh and General Secretary of the NPP, Justin Kodua Frimpong, said “In the meantime, the leadership of the Parliamentary Group and the leadership of the party counselled the Honourbale Members of Parliamentary party to respect to the caucus communications channel , and to the largest extent possible, work together as one caucus unit. .
“Leadership of the party in this regard call upon the Members of Parliament to attend to all Government Business in the House including in particular the 2023 budget statement and economic policy and all connected matters.”
Reacting to this development at a press conference in Parliament on Wednesday November 23, the Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu said “We were not oblivious of the fact that to succeed in motion to remove the Finance Minister, we needed support and cooperation from the opposite of the House.
“When we initiated the motion, we firmly and sincerely believed that our friends opposite will walk the talk with us and not just make radio and interview declarations but they will manifest in supporting us on the the floor of Parliament.
“For me, [the U-Turn] is a stab on oversight and parliamentary oversight, it only weakens Parliament in exercising its oversight in calling ministers to order. That is very disappointing and that means that the Parliament of Ghana is failing the Ghanaian citizens and the Parliament of Ghana is failing to protect the public purse.”
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana