Minority MPs Will Be Present For Budget Presentation - Muntaka
Muntaka Mubarak, the Minority Chief Whip of Parliament, says members of his side will be present at presentation of the budget and fiscal policy on Thursday. This is also against the backdrop of an earlier decision by Minority to boycott the budget presentation by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta following a motion of censure moved against him for what the National Democratic Congress
legislators also described as mismanagement of the economy. The Minority Chief Whip added that, his side will monitor closely the actions of about ninety-eight colleague Majority members who have asked Mr. Ofori-Atta to step aside. Speaking to the media, Mr. Mubarak said that, all his members will be in their seats to listen to the reading of the budget. He said, on the Thursday
morning we (Minority) will be there, and we will also be observing what they (Majority) will be doing. But presently we have our position. We need to hold them accountable. We have a budget that is supposed to protect the integrity of the country. It is going to be read on behalf of the President, he said. In a separate report, leadership and Council Members of the New Patriotic
Party (NPP) in its efforts to resolve the ongoing impasse met its Caucus Members on Tuesday and urged them to rescind their decision to boycott the budget reading. The leadership has also asked members of the Majority to take part in the presentation and passage of the Appropriation Bill, as well as participate in all government business. Again, the leadership has advised
members of the Majority to hold on their demands until negotiations for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) bail-out have been completed. In the meantime, the leadership of the parliamentary group and the leadership of the party counselled Honourable members of the party to resort to the Caucus Communication channels and to the largest extent possible, work together as one
Caucus unit, a statement on the resolution to the ongoing impasse noted. A leading member of the NPP, Gabby Asare Otchere Darko has urged the Minority to be present at Thursday’s budget reading to ensure its approval.