The Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, says he obstructing government’s business and should be blamed for everything that has happened since November 17, 2021, when the budget was presented.
He spoke of how Speaker Bagbin had tied the budget approval to the allocation of a staggering Ghs1.72 billion of the projected revenue to parliament.
Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu told journalists that before the budget presentation by the Finance Minister, the Speaker told the minister that he should allocate to parliament Ghs1.72 billion of the projected revenue.
“We are where we are because in my view of the genesis of the presentation of this budget, the day when this budget came to be presented, we were in the chamber and we all saw that after the Finance Minister had walked in, we had to be at the speaker’s office for close to an hour.
Why were not we coming out? We were not coming out because we had a speaker who told the finance minister that because he had not given parliament an amount of Ghs1.72 billion, that he the speaker has requested the finance minister to give to parliament, he will ensure that the budget was rejected. That is what happened that day.”
According to the majority leader, the speaker said to the finance minister that he did not want to remind him of what his father, Jones Ofori-Atta did to the Peoples National Party (PNP) government of the late President Dr. Hilla Liman and threatened to throw out his budget.
“So, all that is playing out, it goes to satisfy what the speaker indicated at the very beginning of the presentation of the budget that he would make sure this budget was rejected.”
Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, who is the MP for Suame, said this was what happened, and that Ghanaians should know the mindset of Speaker Bagbin, regarding the 2022 budget.
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