Saturday , 28 January 2023

We won’t be part Finance Minister’s crucifixion – Majority washes hands

Ghana’s Majority in parliament replayed the drama of the Biblical story where Pontius Pilate ‘washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person’,

They together refused to be part of the censure voting to kick out Finance Minister; Ken Ofori-Atta after the matter was fiercely debated on the floor of parliament for several hours.

Despite putting up spirited argument to convince their colleagues on the minority side on backing down on their entrenched position to have the Finance Minister removed, they were adamant and insisted the man was not fit to remain in office.

Realizing they were not making any headway on the matter as the floor was being prepared for a secret ballot as enshrined in the standing orders of parliament, the leadership of the Majority caucus was seen wiping their hands in what looked like hand sanitizers while exiting the chamber; indicating that they do not wish to have the blood of an innocent Finance Minister on their hands.

Subsequently, they walked out of the chamber amidst chants from their colleagues who were overheard shouting “Ken Must Go! and Away! ” repeatedly.

Per the standing orders, the house required two-thirds of votes from all members of parliament to succeed the censure which is being championed by the minority.

It would be recalled that the Minority caucus filed the motion of censure against the Finance Minister, accusing him of mismanagement of the economy, financial recklessness, conflict of interest, gross mismanagement of the economy.

An 8-member ad-hoc committee was then set up by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban sumana Kingsford Bagbin, to probe the motion brought against the Finance Minister presented its report to Parliament on November 25, 2022.

The matter was debated at the plenary on Thursday and when it was time for voting, the Majority staged a walk out rubbishing the allegations levelled against the Finance Minister.

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