- Speaker Alban Bagbin earlier threatened to reject the 2021 budget
- This was because the presidency slashed the estimates by the Judiciary and the Legislature
- There has been a Ghs77million and over Ghs119million slash in the estimates
Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has recanted his earlier statement that Nana Asante Bediatuo unilaterally wrote the letter slashing the budget estimates for the legislature and the judiciary.
According to the Majority Leader who is also the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, he never said the letter cutting the budget estimates was unilaterally written by Asante Bediatuo, who is the president's Secretary.
“So it came as a surprise that it was interpreted to mean, that I had suggested that Nana Asante Bediatuo had acted unilaterally,” the Suame MP was reported as saying by Joy News.
“There was no such communication from me. And if that was the understanding of the person who was interviewing me, I think it was most unfortunate,” he added.
There has been a Ghs77million and over Ghs119million slash in the estimates presented by the Judiciary and Judicial Service, and the Legislature respectively.
According to the presidency, the decision to slash the estimates was necessitated by the country’s current economic challenges.
Kyei Mensah Bonsu, who is also the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs in an earlier YEN.com.gh report, called the bluff of the Speaker after he threatened to reject the 2021 budget.
He said the Speaker does not have the authority to carry out his threat.
In other news on YEN.com.gh, singer and political activist, Kwame Asare Obeng, popularly known as APlus expressed grave doubts over President Akufo-Addo’s commitment to the fight against corruption.
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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