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Bagbin And His NDC Cohorts Cannot Reject The 2022 Budget- Owusu Bempah Argues

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has been cited for breaching parliamentary rules and procedure in his determination that the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy is rejected by parliament. The Convenor for Fixing the Country Movement, Ernest Owusu Bempah scorned the decision by the Speaker for acting unconstitutionally and in political bias towards the government.


He justified that the Speaker acted in mischief and within his partisan interest to put a question before the House of Parliament in contravention of Article 104 of the constitution and Order 109 of the standing orders of Parliament. Mr Owusu Bempah stressed that a determination on any consideration for the approval or otherwise for the budget required at least half of the membership of Parliament, the failure of which renders any outcome void.


The Convenor argued that claims that the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy has been rejected are incorrect and without any constitutional basis. He thus urged Ghanaians to disregard such publication, and rather charge the Speaker to revert to laid parliamentary principles and procedures in getting the budget the consideration it deserves.

 

“We view this as a troubling departure from conventions and laid down due process. It is also an attempt to undermine our democratic freedoms and rights as enshrined in the fourth Republican constitution and weaken the institution of parliament.

 

“On this score, we deem it prudent to infer that any decision that was taken with less than 138 people in the chamber is void. We, therefore, urge the good people of Ghana to disregard the claim that the budget is rejected,” he noted.


He continued that the Minority in Parliament were bent on rejecting the budget and that with the Speaker on their side, their agenda of denying the good people of Ghana the numerous benefits the 2022 budget presents.

 

“The minority simply chose to engage in shenanigans, cat-calls and propaganda in an attempt to deny the good people of Ghana the lofty objectives that the budget primarily seeks to achieve.”


Mr Owusu Bempah emphasized that the actions of the Speaker ad his NDC cohorts cannot erode the facts that the Akufo Addo has outperformed the John Dramani Mahama administration. He stressed that the country was in a total mess when the Akufo Addo administration took office, and with prudent decisions had restored confidence in the economy.

 

“The reality is that the Akufo-Addo government over the last 5years has done more than enough to clean Mahama's mess. It, therefore, makes no sense for the minority to connive with the Speaker to attempt to derail the President's economic policy for 2022,” he concluded.


He charged the Speaker and the minority to do the needful in their next sitting on Tuesday 30 November 2021.

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