- Speaker Alban Bagbin has threatened to reject the 2021 budget
- This was because the presidency slashed the estimates by the Judiciary and the Legislator
- There has been a Ghs77million and over Ghs119million slash in the estimates of the judiciary and the Legislator respectively
Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has called the bluff of the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, after he threatened to reject the 2021 budget.
Bagbin warned he will not send the appropriation bill to the president for his assent when passed if discussions are not done to find a common ground over the decision by the Presidency to reduce the budget of Parliament and the Judiciary.
In his reaction, however, Mensah-Bonsu, who is the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs as well as Majority Leader, said the speaker lacks the power to reject the budget.
“Well, if I have to be blunt, the Speaker would not have the authority to do that,” he stated in a recent interview.
There has been a Ghs77million and over Ghs119million slash in the estimates presented by the judiciary and Judicial Service and the Legislator respectively.
According to the presidency, the decision to slash the estimates was necessitated by the country’s current economic challenges.
According to him, the president’s attitude towards anti-corruption campaigners like former Auditor General, Daniel Domelevo and former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu is unfortunate.
“When President Akufo-Addo admonished that we should be citizens and not spectators, I thought the messiah had arrived. But, I no longer believe he's the messiah. He fights anybody who is fighting corruption,” APlus said on Starr FM’s Starr Chat on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
He said but for the bad counseling he is getting from those around him, Akufo-Addo would have been a “fantastic” president.
APlus continued that the president is no more the “I believe in Ghana person” because he spent years fighting people fighting corruption.
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