A total of two hundred and seventeen (217) Members of Parliament comprising 137 Minority MPs and 80 Majority MPs have served a strong notice for the immediate dismissal of the Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta and his Deputy Charles Adu Boahen.
The MPs demand the removal of the Ministers as Parliament officially reconvenes today to begin sitting for the 3rd Meeting of the Second Session of the 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic.
Reasons Majority MPs want Ken Ofori-Atta and Charles Adu Boahen sacked
In a press conference organized on Tuesday, 25th October, 2022, 80 New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentarians (Majority MPs) served a notice demanding the immediate sacking of Ken Ofori-Atta as Finance Minister and his deputy respectively.
The MPs impressed on the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to relieve his cousin, Ken Ofori-Atta of managing the national purse or risk losing their support for government business going forward.
The MPs also want the Minister of State in charge of Finance at the Office of President Akufo-Addo to be subjected to a similar fate.
Majority MPs also threatened to boycott the reading of the 2023 budget if Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta is not sacked.
The MPs outlined the following reasons among many for the removal of Ken Ofori-Atta and Charles Adu Boahen.
1. The MPs say their sentiments reflect the position of most of the NPP members in the House. This has been a unanimous call for the opposition legislators who have constantly called for the Finance Minister’s head with some civil society organizations joining the fray at a point.
2. One of the key cards on the table for the majority MPs is the approval of the 2022 budget which will be pivotal to expenditure, especially at a time when government finances are in limbo.
3. Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, the NPP lawmakers stated that they are displeased with the management of the economy under Ken Ofori-Atta.
“We have made our great concern to the President through the Parliamentary leadership and the leadership of the party without any positive response. We are by this medium communicating our strong desire that the President changes the Minister of Finance and the Minister of State in the Finance Ministry without any further delays, in order to restore hope into the financial sector and reverse the downward trend in the growth of the economy”, MP for Asante Akim North, Andy Appiah-Kubi said.
Speaking further, he said, “Meanwhile we want to serve notice, and notice is hereby served that until such persons as aforementioned are made to resign or removed from office, we members of the majority caucus here in Parliament will not participate in any business of government by or for the President by any other minister. We hope that those of us [at] the backbench and members of the majority caucus will abide by this prayer. We are saying that if our request is not responded to positively, we will not be present for the budget hearing, neither will we participate in the debate”.
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Reasons Minority MPs want Ken Ofori-Atta sacked
Minority Members of Parliament numbering 137 have also filed a motion for vote of censure against the Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta.
In a memorandum, the MPs filed the motion to the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin to cause the House to pass a vote of censure on the Minister responsible for Finance Ken Ofori-Atta in accordance with Article 82 of the 1992 constitution.
The MPs outlined the following reasons among many for the removal of Ken Ofori-Atta.
1. Despicable conflict of Interest ensuring that he directly benefits from Ghana’s economic woes as his companies receive commissions and other unethical contractual advantage, particularity from Ghana’s debt overhang.
2. Unconstitutional withdrawals from the Consolidated Fund in blatant contravention of Article 178 of the 1992 Constitution supposedly for the construction of the President’s Cathedral.
3. illegals payment of oil revenues into offshore accounts in flagrant violation of Article 176 of the 1992 Constitution.
4. Deliberate and dishonest misreporting of economic data to Parliament.
5. Fiscal recklessness leading to the crash of the Ghana Cedi which is Currently the worst performing Currency in the world.
6. Alarming incompetence and frightening ineptitude resulting in the collapse of the Ghanaian economy and an excruciating cost of living crisis.
The development came in the midst of a worsening economic in the country as the Finance Ministry heads to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a crucial bailout.