The speaker of parliament, Alban Bagbin has vowed to fight any external forces especially the executive arm of Government if it seeks to interfere in the functions of parliament. His comments come in the wake of parliament rejecting the 2021 Budget and Economic Policy of Government.
On Friday, November 26, 2021, the speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin went on with parliamentary proceedings put the motion of the budget before the house even though the majority in parliament walked out while parliamentary proceedings took place because a protest they had against the presence of the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, in the public gallery.
The majority insisted that Asiedu Nketia should be walked out of the public gallery in the same manner the speaker asked for non-MPs to be walked out by Marshall, but the minority fought back, insisting Asiedu Nketia was not going anywhere since he was in the public gallery and not in the floor of parliament.
There was a standoff and the majority in parliament decided to walkout. The Speaker however allowed proceedings to take place in the absence of the majority and as a result, the budget was rejected. Members of the majority caucus in parliament are of the view that the speaker breached the constitution and standing orders of the house and therefore the rejection of the budget is null and void.
But Alban Bagbin said “As the Speaker, I will do all I can, not to allow the government to obstruct or frustrate parliament in its lawful duty. That is a pledge to the people of Ghana, and there is a reason why the good people of Ghana elected this parliament. It is a hung parliament of 137-137, the independent who decided to do business with one side of the majority, there is no majority party in this House. This is a new beginning, where for the first time, a majority has walked out from its own business.”