Andy Kwame Appiah-Kubi, a spokesperson for Members of Parliament on the Majority Caucus who are demanding the dismissal of Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, has stated that if Mr. Ofori-Atta is not fired, they will not participate in the 2023 Budget hearing and passage.
Mr. Appiah-Kubi, Member of Parliament for Asante-Akim North, believes Ken Ofori-Atta is not as indispensable as he is portrayed to be.
“Can’t others present the budget if he isn’t present?” Nobody is unavoidable. We have completely lost faith in him because, in the 2022 Budget, he [Ofori-Atta] promised that with an E-levy and Property Rate, there would be no need to seek assistance from the IMF… As of now, that has not occurred, and the property rate has yet to rise.”
“We are not convinced that Ken Ofori-Atta should be the sole candidate. “It is our political decision that Mr. Ofori-Atta must leave for the sake of the NPP as a whole,” he added.
Mr. Appiah-Kubi reiterated his group’s position that the vote of censure spearheaded by the Minority side would produce no results because they would still need to appeal to the President to remove him.
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He maintains that the majority of MPs are calling for Ofori-removal Atta’s not because of economic mismanagement, but because Ghanaians have lost faith in him.
Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta is expected to present the government’s 2023 Budget Statement to Parliament on Thursday, November 24, 2022.
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