Joe Wise’s reversal of Bagbin’s decision sad for Parliament – Avedzi

The Minority in Parliament has said the action by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu in overturning the ruling of the Speaker has never happened in Parliamentary history.

“The reversal or rejection of the decision of Parliament is done through a motion that should be done for 48 hours. So if the NPP group wanted to reverse the decision of Parliament that was executed on the 26th November 2021 last Friday. What they should have done is to file a motion and publish for at least 48 hours then the motion would be moved on the floor of Parliament, seconded and debated for a decision to be taken.

“But what happened on the floor of Parliament was something that we have never seen before in the history of the Parliament of Ghana. That the house took a decision and Mr. Speaker declare the votes and the Deputy Speaker comes to say that what the Speaker did was wrong and illegal and for that matter he is nullifying the decision, is something we have not seen before,” he stated.

The Member of Parliament for Ketu North also disclosed that during an engagement the Majority they agreed to touch on Agyapa Deal and to work on Arker Energy, as well as make some provision for the Keta Sea Defense Project among others.

“It is the Mobile Money Tax (MoMo) that they don’t want to touch. They think that the MoMo tax is the whole budget. If they don’t tax your MoMo they can’t make money to run the economy, so they don’t want to touch it.

“We want the MoMo tax to be completely removed for further negotiation with Civil Society Organization. Because we think that taxing MoMo is taxing capital and amount to double taxation,” he stated.

While the Majority insisted the rejection of the budget last Friday was unlawful, the Minority maintains the House followed due process in rejecting it.

Series of meetings to resolve the standoff yielded no results as the majority and the Executive stood their grounds of not presenting a new budget.

All the 137 NDC MPs consequently boycotted today’s sitting without even registering their names in the attendance book.

Starr News sources within the Minority say the move is to stop the majority from using the first deputy speaker Joseph Osei-Owusu to undo a decision taken by parliament with Speaker, Alban Bagbin presiding to reject the budget.

The majority argued the 137 NDC MPs were short of the constitutional mandated half of total number of MPs for decision taking. The decision by the minority is to also ensure the Majority is also left with 137 MPs with the first deputy speaker presiding.

Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/103.5FM/Isaac Dzidzoamenu


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