Minority vow to chart non-cooperative path with finance minister after failed censure motion

Politics Minority vow to chart non-cooperative path with finance minister after failed censure motion
DEC 9, 2022 LISTEN

The Minority after losing the vote of censure against the finance minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has declared it will be charting a non-cooperative path with the sector minister.

According to the Minority, all its 136 members will not cooperate with the finance minister on the floor of parliament.

The Deputy Minority Chief Whip, Mr Ahmed Ibrahim, announced the Minority’s decision in an interview on Accra-based Joy FM on Friday, December 9, 2022.

"The finance minister in all his deliberations on the floor will be hit by a snag as the Minority will not cooperate with him," he said.

He warned the battle lines were drawn when the Majority chose to run away from the measures to have the minister removed for mismanaging the economy.

The Banda Constituency MP in the Bono Region explained that this is the decision of the Minority to deal with the finance minister going forward.

The Majority on Thursday, December 8, 2022, walk out leaving only 136 MPs on the floor, thus, the minority caucus failed to garner the at least two-thirds majority of votes (183) needed to have succeeded in removing Mr Ofori-Atta from office for mismanaging the economy among others.

Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Mensah led the walk-out.

He said his caucus could not support a baseless and politically motivated motion of the minority caucus birthed out of bad faith and aimed at embarrassing the president’s cousin.

“You want us to follow you on this misadventure. Mr Speaker, like Pontius Pilate did, we will wash our hands of this,” he said on the floor of parliament just before his side walked out of the chamber.

Mr Ofori-Atta, in his defence, said: “If I say I am innocent they will not believe me and if I ask for the truth and proof, they will not be able to provide that."

“I have committed no crime,” Mr Ofori-Atta said.

When he appeared before an ad hoc committee that investigated the allegations against him some three weeks ago, Mr Ofori-Atta apologised to the people of Ghana for the economic hardships they are going through.