Akufo-Addo must act on ‘Ken Ofori-Atta must go’ calls – Appiah-Kubi

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The Asante-Akyim North Member of Parliament, Kwame Andy Appiah-Kubi has urged President Akufo-Addo to honour his part of the arrangement concerning the call to sack Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta.

This follows after the President asked the MPs to let the finance minister to present the 2023 budget statement before considering the request to remove him from office.

Mr. Appiah-Kubi made the statement while reminding the President to fulfill his promises since the Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has accomplished the reading of the 2023 budget statement.

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Therefore, the MP believes that it is time for the President to also accomplish his part of getting the finance minister out from office.

Addressing the media in Parliament after a debate concerning the budget, on Wednesday, November 30, Mr. Appiah-Kubi said;

“We said that we will not admit him to come to present the budget, the budget is the budget of the president but pursuant to our position, we have agreed with the president to respect the road map to address our request and that means that when we get to the end of it the president will also perform what we asked him to do.

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“We expect that the President will perform his part of the arrangement. We made the request to him, and he said we should wait until he finishes the budget, thereafter he will accede to our request. So, we expect the president to accede to the request,” the MP added.

Meanwhile, before the presentation of 2023 budget statement to be present in parliament on Thursday, November 24, Members of Parliament preferred another person to present instead of Mr. Ofori-Atta.

Therefore, the lawmakers decided to boycott Mr. Ofori-Atta’s presentation after they had cited the Finance Minister’s incompetent in dealing with economic challenges facing Ghanaians.

However, the lawmakers later sat with the president and decided to let the Minister present the budget.

“While we remain committed to seeing through the process to censure the Finance Minister, we are mindful of our duty to carry out oversight on the Executive and preserve the interest of the Ghanaian people whose livelihoods the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia administration has severely undermined through mismanagement of the economy,” a statement issued by the Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu said.

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