Member of Parliament for Asanti-Akim North, Kwame Andy Appiah-Kubi has said the New Patriotic Party (NPP) lawmakers who called for the sacking of the Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta have not rescinded on their call despite not supporting the National Democratic Congress (NDC) lawmakers.
He indicated that public pronouncements by some government officials indicate that the president is not going to heed to their demand to sack him.
He further indicated that their decision not to support the NDC MPs was not as a result of the statement issued by the NPP party asking them to stay away from the vote of censure but they already decided not to throw their weight behind the opposition lawmakers prior to the NPP’s statement.
“We had decided that this was a better approach to seeking the same reliefs, we had also decided not to take part in the NDC votes of censure,” he said on the Key Points on TV3 Saturday November 12.
He added “we have not backtracked from that position.”
The Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin has set a committee to investigate the allegations made against the Mr Ken Ofori-Atta by the Minority in Parliament for which they filed a motion to get him removed from office.
The 8-member committee, co-chaired by Dr Dominic Ayine and KT Hammond, lawmakers for Bolgatanga East and Adansi-Asokwa respectively, has within seven working days to complete its work and submit the report
The Speaker’s ruling came after the Deputy Majority Leader in Parliament Alexander Afenyo-Markin challenged the motion of the Minority on the basis that the Finance Minister will suffer injustice if the House goes ahead with the application.
Mr Afenyo-Markin indicated that the claims by the Minority were criminal in nature upon a proper scrutiny.
To that end, he called for a fair hearing for the Minister.
The Minority accused Mr Ofori-Atta of, among other things, personally benefitting from every loan that the government takes.
But the Effutu Member of Parliament said “these matters, upon a proper scrutiny, are criminal in nature. The Minister should be given a fair hearing.”
“If we go ahead with the application we will be doing a lot of injustice to our colleague. If this application is allowed it will be injustice and unfairness, the Minister wouldn’t have been given adequate time to prepare for his defense,” he stressed.
Justifying the motion to get the Finance Minister removed, the Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu said President Akufo-Addo was not ready to sack the Minister.
Therefore, he appealed the Majority Members of Parliament to support the move to get him removed.
In his ruling on this matter, Speaker Bagbin said after announcing the formation of the committee that “The evidence will be placed before the committee. The Minister will have the opportunity to defend himself.
“A report will be presented to the House, and we will debate that report.”
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana