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"Stop exercising powers you don’t have" - Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu fires Bagbin

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumani Bagbin, has incurred the wrath of the majority side in parliament as they swear to make the kitchen too hot for him.

They are no longer going to permit any disrespect and they are going to stop him from exercising powers he does not have – issuing personal orders to ministers.

Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the Majority Leader and Member of Parliament (MP) for Suame, chastised and labeled the conduct of Speaker Bagbin as appalling.

He also accused him of bias. Speaking to journalists in parliament, he demanded that Mr. Bagbin acted in a way that would enable him to carry along members on both sides of the aisle.

“He must carry the house along, you are not the Speaker of only one side of this house and yet increasingly he is beginning to demonstrate that tendency.”

Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, looking visibly angry, condemned the Speaker’s attitude, which he said did not speak well of a somebody, who was supposed to be neutral. “I think this is very appalling. And from now on we are not going to tolerate that.” Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu shot down Mr. Bagbin’s ruling on the 2022 budget, saying the ruling is a nullity - his ruling that the budget has been rejected. 

“That whole procedure was unconstitutional. As far as we are concerned, it is null and void and has no binding effect on anybody.”

Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu drew attention to the standing orders of the house, and said, a decision could only be taken when the parliamentarians present “are more than half of the total number”. 

He said the number of members on the minority side present, during the taking of the vote on the budget was 135 and not 137. What this means is that whatever decision was taken was not consistent with the laid down processes of the house and therefore not valid. 

“Article 104 (1) of the constitution says matters in Parliament shall be determined by the vote of the majority of members present and voting, with at least half of all members of Parliament present. We have cause to believe that at least 2 of the NDC MPs were not in the chamber and yet out of mischief, the Speaker said that they were 137.

“In any event even if you go with 137, it is still less than one half of the 275-member chamber so when he puts the question, the Speaker should have known that the number would not support the decision of the House.”

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