The Deputy Finance Minister, Hon Abena Osei Asare has asked Ghanaians to disregard all claims that the 2022 budget has been rejected by Parliament on Friday night, November 26, 2021.

The Deputy Finance Minister said the alleged budget rejection was unconstitutional as any decision that is taken with less than 138 people in the chamber is void.

She further explained that the majority walked out of Parliament before the voting and thus there’s no way for the House to have a total of 138 members to continue proceedings of voting on budget approval.

Hon Abena Osei Asare in a series of tweets detailed how the majority side walked out on House business and subsequently the alleged unconstitutional acceptance of the budget.

Abena Osei Asare

She stated;

Today the minister of Finance came to Parliament with a prayer to have the opportunity to accommodate the comments made by the minority into the budget.

Key among them were

– Request to include Keta relief efforts in the estimates

– Request to adjust the e-levy

These and other requests of the minority led by Haruna Iddrisu require consultation and costing if the minister is to include them in the budget

Surprisingly the same minority who made the requests and the speaker have refused to give the minister the opportunity to incorporate their requests.

While refusing the minister the opportunity, the speaker went further to ask the finance minister whose budget is being debated, to leave the chamber. Shocking! At the same time, Johnson Asiedu Nketia NDC General Secretary was was left seated.

Mr Speaker ignored requests to ask all other strangers to leave the chamber and public galleries.

The majority are of the view that Mr Speaker is acting in bad faith and being partisan at such a crucial national junction.

The majority is of the view that it cannot countermance an order by Mr Speaker for Marshals to take the Finance Minister out. The majority has consequently walked out.

Order 109 says the Speaker requires 138 members at least before he can put a question.

He may have a quorum to take questions and statements but he needs 138 to put a question.

Any decision that is taken with less than 138 people in the chamber is void. Ghanaians should disregard the claim that the budget is rejected.

Meanwhile the Speaker will be flying to Dubai today for a medical review and has adjourned the house to Tuesday, 30th November, 2021

Gh Kabutey is a content writer, video editor and social media marketer. I promote in a new and holistic manner, Ghanaian culture [music, dance, people], news, and trends. I am a biochemist by profession.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.