Ministers of state and their deputies have reportedly been directed not to travel outside the country with immediate effect.
The ban on international travel by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is going to last for at least the next month.
The only exception, the only situation where ministers and deputy ministers of state can go on a foreign travel is when they have a serious medical emergency.
It is not very clear, why the decision to stop the ministers and their deputies from making foreign travels. It is however, reasonable to assume this might have something doing with making sure that the confusion over the approval of the government’s fiscal policy for year 2022 is sorted.
This assumption is reinforced by the fact that majority of the ministers and their deputies are members of parliament and given the current hung parliament, the government is not taking any chances with its 2022 budget.
The minority side of the aisle in parliament, had on Friday, November 26, 2021 voted down the 2022 budget, but this decision was overturned by the majority on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.
A day after – on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, the minority sought to reverse the approval of the budget by the majority but the first Deputy Speaker, Joe Osei-Owusu, who presided over proceedings in the house, in his ruling threw out the motion by the minority.
This led to chaotic scenes in parliament as members from both sides hurled insults and there was a near free-for-all fist-fight.
Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumani Kingsford Bagbin, who took the vote on the budget, when there were only MPs from the minority side present, whose number stood at 137, and therefore, did not form a quorum as required by law for such decisions to be made, came under a lot of flak from the majority side.
The first Deputy Speaker, Joe Osei-Owusu was in the Speaker’s chair during the reversal of the budget rejection and counted himself as MP representing Asante-Bekwai on the side of majority, to give the majority the numbers required.
The minority is mad at his ruling that shot down their motion to overturn the approval of the budget by the majority.
Parliament has since selected 20 of the members, 10 of them from each side, to try and build consensus on the government’s 2022 fiscal policy and has also apologized to the public for the shameful scenes, created on December 1, 2021.
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