March 20, 2023

Angry New Patriotic Party (NPP) legislators in Parliament claim they haven’t given up on their demand that Ken Ofori-Atta, the finance minister, be fired once the 2023 budget is presented.

The dissident MPs claim that getting rid of the Finance Minister is one of their top priorities.

According to the majority members, Mr. Ofori- Atta’s  ineptitude and conflicts of interest warranted his removal from office.

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“The indicators were not the total conclusion of the IMF deal. The roadmap was the passing of the budget, the approval of the appropriation and conclusion of the first phase of the IMF negotiation which we’ve reached already because we have reached conclusion at the staff level and this is the first phase of it. So for all that happened at the negotiation we have delivered as one party: as members of parliament, it is up to the President to deliver as a contracting party,” Spokesperson for the aggrieved group, Andy Appiah-Kubi  told 3FM.  told 3FM.

Prior to the passing of the budget, the spokesperson for the group told journalists in Parliament, Accra that
“We made a request to him (President) and he said we should wait till the presentation of the budget and there after accede to our request so we are waiting and expect him to act,” he said.

But an earlier jointly signed statement after that meeting by the Majority Chief Whip, Frank Annoh-Dompreh and General Secretary of the party, Justin Kodua Frimpong, said that it was agreed that “the President would act upon the request” after the minister had presented the budget, the Appropriation Bill passed and negotiations with the International Monetary Fund were concluded.


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