Parliament on Friday 26 Nov. 2022, Minority in the house have rejected the “Agyenkwa” 2022 budget read in the House by Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta.
Meanwhile, prior to that, the Majority in Parliament was Absent as Speaker walks in for a debate on the approval of the 2022 budget. It was indicated that the absence was due to a voice vote disagreement which did not go in their favour.
According to the 1st Deputy Minority whip Ibrahim Ahmed, it is a deliberate attempt by the Majority to shift repercussion of the approval or disapproval of the budget to the minority. During the sitting for Parliament to debate and approve or disapprove the policy document, the majority MPs demanded that the General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah in the public gallery at the time, must exit the House but the Speaker turned down the favour.
The request came in after Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo Markin calls for a ‘division’ by challenging the Speaker’s ruling on the ‘voice vote’ “Clearly, the No’s have it. The motion is accordingly lost”.
Hitherto Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu and the NDC rejected the Agenkwa 2022 budget for reasons that, the tax overburdened Ghanaians.
“Our concern is whether the e-levy itself will not be a disincentive to the growth of a digital economy in our country. We are convinced that the e-levy may as well even be a disincentive to investments and private sector development in our country… We in the Minority will not support the government with the introduction of that e-levy. We are unable to build a national consensus on that particular matter.”