The Member of Parliament for North Tongu Constituency Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has added his voice to ongoing disagreement between the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin and Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and has taken a swipe at him for what he says an attempt by the Majority Leader wants to throw mud at the Speaker.
Further lashing out at him, Ablakwa termed the attempts by the Majority Leader as pathetic and must be condemned by all.
Mr. Ablakwa’s strong response to Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu is based on the accusation the Majority Leader levelled against the Speaker over the recent impasse during the just ended proceedings following which Parliament was adjourned.
The Majority Leader accused the Speaker of using that as a ploy to stall government business over a request to Finance Minister to increase the budget for Parliament.
He revealed how the Speaker openly confronted the Minister on November 17, 2021, before the budget reading on the need for such an amount to be allocated.
Also, Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu blamed him[speaker] for the chaos that characterizes the house anytime he isn’t presiding.
“The day when this budget came to be presented, we had to be at the Speaker’s place for close to an hour. We were not coming out. Why were we not coming out because we had a Speaker who told the Finance Minister that because we had not given Parliament an amount of GHS 1.72 billion that the Speaker had requested the Finance Minister to give to Parliament, he will ensure that the budget will be rejected.”
“He even said to him that he does not want to remind him of what his own father did to President Hilla Limann. All that is playing out is to satisfy what the Speaker indicated at the very beginning of the presentation of the budget. The people of this country ought to know the mindset of the Speaker with respect to this budget. With all that is playing out.”
But the North Tongu legislator in a Facebook post on Thursday, December 23, 2021, lashed out at the Majority Leader.
He accused the Majority Leader of “desperately trying to blackmail” the Speaker of Parliament.
“Majority Group Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu’s desperate efforts to blackmail and throw mud at Speaker Bagbin is most pathetic and must be roundly condemned.”
If President Akufo-Addo could increase his allocation to the Office of Government Machinery from GHS2.5 billion to GHS3.1billion and at the same time raise his Contingency Vote from GHS186.8 million to GHS933 million (a staggering 431.5% increase); what is wrong if the head of the legislature demands that the organ he leads be accorded its fair share?” Ablakwa questioned.