On Tuesday November 30 2021, the Opposition National Democratic Congress-NDC (Minority), and the ruling New Patriotic Party –NPP (Majority) in parliament, will be coming face to face with each other, in what looks like the ‘survival of the fittest’.
The continues heated exchange between the NDC minority caucus and the NPP majority cause on Friday, November 26, in Parliament, led to the majority’s walk-out from the chamber, and leaving the minority in the chamber to reject the 2022 Budget presented by the Finance Minister Ken Ofori Attah.
The Budget, which was rejected by the NDC members in parliament, has since become the big issue and the trending topic in Ghana today.
The Majority NPP members in parliament; including their leader, Honourable Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu on different platforms has accused the Speaker of Parliament (Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin), of ‘bias’ and ‘disrespect’.
According to the NPP members, the 2022 budget was not rejected constitutionally; and that per the standing orders of Parliament, a decision can only be taken by the House, when MPs present are more than half of the total number (currently 138 of 275).
The NPP Majority has argued that, the Speaker’s ruling on the 2022 budget has no binding effect on Parliament, and that the they (the majority), will take up the matter when parliament resume sittings on Tuesday 30 November 2021.
On the other side, the minority NDC has also insisted, that Parliament will not re-consider the 2022 budget statement, after its rejection, and that, they (the minority), are burying it for good.
According to the NDC, as far as they are concern, the killer budget from the Minister of Finance Ken Ofori Atta is not coming back to parliament.
The NDC has insisted that they will never support the government’s proposed 1.75% tax on all electronic financial transactions, and that imposing this tax, would compound more hardships on Ghanaians, especially the poor.
On Tuesday November 30, 2021 will be the clash of the titans in parliament. The NPP seeks to reverse the rejected budget, but the NDC will be fighting to keep it rejected.
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