Ghanaian lawmaker and member of parliament (MP) for Obuasi West, Kwaku Kwarteng is still in a state of shock and surprise at the rejection of the 2022 National Budget statement and Government’s Economic Policy in its entirety.
In an interview on TV3, the member of parliament revealed that the majority of parliament was taken aback at the actions of the minority the NDC in rejecting the entire budget.
“The rejection of the budget as whole was something we did not expect. In fact, last year an attempt was made to vote it down but they didn’t have the numbers at the time and I assume that because they didn’t have the numbers they probably wanted to send a message.
“Nobody thought, before we went into the chamber last week, the Minority indeed would want to vote down the budget and deny Parliament the opportunity to look at the individual requests for revenue measures and the individual resource allocation requests in the budget, so it came as a surprise .
[Today] we are sitting, I don’t know what the business committee would have decided but definitely an important matter like that even if it wasn’t programmed or it is not on the order paper, had to be introduced into the discussion.”
Last week Friday, November 26, 2021, the 2022 Budget statement presented to the floor of parliament by the minister of finance, Ken Ofori-Atta on behalf of the President, Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo-Addo was rejected by parliament after the majority of the house staged a walkout in protest of the presence of the NDC’s General Secretary in the Public gallery.
That did not stop the speaker of the house, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin from putting the motion before the house which resulted in the budget being rejected in the absence of the majority in the house.