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05.03.2009 Politics

Minority: It is a Sakawa Budget

By myjoyonline

Minority Members of Parliament, notably those from the New Patriotic Party, have described the 2009 Budget Statement of the Mills Administration as a Sakawa Budget.

The term, used in local parlance to describe fraudulent activities tinged with mystery and sorcery, potentially underscores the group's lack of hope and trust in the budget.

During a presentation of the Budget Statement by the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Dr Kwabena Duffour, NPP MPs carried printed notices on A4 sheets that read Sakawa Budget.

The government on the other hand christened its fiscal policy, Investing in a Better Ghana Budget, also readily displayed on sheets by NDC MPs.

Moments before the budget was presented to Parliament, an NPP MP, Lawyer Atta Akyea, hinted of a possible petroleum price cuts, but said the government intended to return in a month to restore the prevailing 'realistic prices' under the pretext that global market forces dictated a shift from the low prices.

Story by Isaac Yeboah