C’ttee On Finance Minister’s Censure Begun Sitting Yesterday

by Isaac Mintah
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The Parliamentary Committee on the Vote of Censure to investigate Ken Ofori-Atta, the Finance Minister will commence sittings Tuesday November 15, 2022.

The committee sat in the public as all proceedings was broadcasted live on the television.

Parliament begun a process that could lead to the removal of the Finance Minister Mr Ken Ofori Atta.

An eight-member committee has been set up to investigate claims of abuse of office.

The Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), on Thursday succeeded in moving a motion of censure against Ofori-Atta, hoping to oust out the finance minister to “restore confidence” into the ‘fallen’ Ghanaian economy.

According to the Minority Leader Hon. Haruna Idrisu, “We disapprove of the performance of Ken Ofori-Atta, who has ran the Ghanaian economy aground and he must take full responsibility for inflicting unprecedented hardship on the ordinary citizens.

“He is incompetent and not fit to continue as minister for finance.”

The Speaker of Parliament, hearing the Minority, set up the eighth-member committee to investigate the allegations and present a report in seven days.

The committee at the end of sitting will have to present its report to the House within the stipulated time.

The Speaker, Hon. Kingsford Bagbin believes setting up the committee will provide a fair opportunity for the Finance Minister to respond to allegations leveled against him.

The Minority Leader told the House the record of inflation rate, the depreciation of the cedi, the excessive borrowing, the reckless spending and the failure to control fuel prices are clear proofs the Finance Minister is not fit to continue in his role.

The Bolgatanga East MP, Hon Dominicand the Adansi-Asokwa MP, Hon K.T. Hammond co-chaired the committee.

Other members of the committee are Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings and Bernard Ahiafor from the Minority side, while Patrick Yaw Boamah, Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi and Andrew Agyapa Mercer constitute the group from the Majority side on the committee.

At the end of sitting Tuesday, Counsel for the Minister Mr Gabby Asare Ochere Darko asked the Committee to grant his client 48 hours to go through allegations leveled against him to be able to answer the committee appropriately. The sitting was thus adjourned to Friday, November 18, 2022, at 10:00am prompt.

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