The North Tongu Member of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has called on the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori Atta to eat the humble pie, go back to table, consult and come back to the House with a new budget.
In a Facebook post on Saturday, Mr Ablakwa reiterated that the decision to reject the 2022 budget is a demand of the people of Ghana, henceforth, he is extremely happy Parliament was able to do just that.
The only nationalistic option available is for goverment to go into broader consultation with the people of Ghana before presenting another budget to the House for approval, according to the North Tongu law maker.
He further maintained that the new budget must explicitly contain allocations for the victims of Keta and Ketu South tidal wave disaster which was conspicuously missing in the budget which was rejected on Friday.
He added: "That new 2022 budget must certainly not contain the regressive and obnoxious E-Levy and the fees and charges 15% hike and illegal automatic adjustment based on inflation. It must also expunged Agyapa and the dubious Aker narrative".
Meanwhile the majority caucus have given the indication that they will challenge the rejection of the 2022 budget on legal and constitutional grounds. They are of the view that voting could not have taken place with less than half (137) of the members of the House present and voting.
However, the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Kingsford Bagbin is scheduled to leave the country on Saturday to Dubai for medical care. What this means is that the second deputy speaker will have to take the seat and preside over the house on Tuesday, leaving both sides with equal numbers (137-137) and making the work of the majority caucus even more complicated and difficult.
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