The action of the majority caucus in Parliament yesterday has been met with mixed reactions. Scores of Ghanaians have descended on the majority caucus for appearing late in the house and their subsequent walking away from the house before the budget was eventually rejected by the minority Members of Parliament who were present in the chamber.
However, in a press conference, the majority argued that the rejection of the 2022 budget is illegal and must be treated with all the contempt it deserves. According to the majority leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, the budget shall be passed with a well-constituted house in due time. Also, the Communication Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, in an interview with TV3 on the Key Points Show, did indicate the possibility of the majority to resort to the Supreme Court if need be.
Meanwhile, Kwesi Pratt Junior, the senior editor of the Insight Newspaper has punched holes in all the options the majority intends to embark on to reverse the decision taken by Parliament. According to Kwesi Pratt Junior who was speaking on the Alhaji and Alhaji Show, today, November 27, with news that the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin traveling for medical reasons outside the country, it means one of the two deputy speakers, who are members of the majority, will sit in for the Speaker. This he said will make the numbers 137 each for the two caucuses, as the MP will act in the Speaker's stead will not have a voting right; which will not give the majority the number it needs for approving the budget.
Reacting to the option of the Supreme Court, Mr. Kwesi Pratt Junior pointed out that, given the public outcry that has characterized the 2022 budget, Ghanaians, who according to him, has not recovered from the way the judiciary handled the 2020 elections petition, who further lose the trust of the judiciary.
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