ccording to the minority leader Haruna Iddrisu, the economy’s problems are solely the responsibility of finance minister Ken Ofori-Atta.
“We hold him solely accountable for the trashy economy of Ghanaians; Ghana’s economy is trash, and he is responsible for it. You are seeing the Cedi’s epileptic collapse in Ghana, he said.
On Thursday, November 10, a vote of censure against Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta is anticipated.
In order to remove the Minister, the Minority will require the support of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament, according to Mr Iddrisu.
The lawmaker for Tamale South claimed that any effort by the NPP legislators to abandon their campaign to have Mr Ofori-Atta removed would be detrimental to Ghana’s democracy by weakening the oversight function of Parliament.
He acknowledged that the National Democratic Congress legislators lack the necessary number—two-thirds—to pass their motion; as a result, they will need the backing of the NPP MPs, who had earlier called for Mr Ofori-dismissal. Atta’s
Speaking on Wednesday, November 8 at the political dialogue series hosted by Media General, he declared, “I’m determined to move the motion of censure.”
“Admittedly, the Minority MPs might not reach the two-thirds threshold by themselves, so when the Majority said they would support us, it was reassuring,” he continued. If they back down, it will weaken Parliament’s oversight authority and the minister will have free reign.
“Mr Ofori-Atta should have been gone by now, accepting full responsibility for what has happened,” he continued.
The motion, submitted by Asawase Member of Parliament Muntaka Mubarak and dated October 24, 2022, was accepted by the Speaker.
The Finance Minister, according to the opposition lawmakers, has failed to manage the economy.
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, a North Tongu member of parliament, stated in a tweet that the NDC Caucus in Parliament had successfully filed a motion for his immediate removal in accordance with Article 82 of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution.
Deputy Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo-Markin had earlier challenged the Speaker’s decision in Parliament, prompting Mr Haruna Iddrisu to say, “The Speaker has ruled, and we must show respect to the Speaker. They are aware of what to do if there are any issues with the decision.
“Normally, you don’t even need the motion to send the minister of finance home in any civilized democracy in the world.
“He will step down and save the country after reflecting on where he has led the nation and economy, in good conscience.