Former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, has accused the Minority in Parliament of being firmly tied to the apron strings of the Majority caucus in Parliament.

He said the Minority has been deceiving Ghanaians to think they have the people’s interest at heart but in reality firmly tied to the apron strings of the Majority Caucus in such a manner that despite the equally divided parliament, the President has succeeded in making the legislature led by Speaker Alban Bagbin an appendage of the executive.

Mr Amidu’s views follow the Minority’s participation in approving the GHC145.4 billion Appropriation Bill 2021 despite publicly being against some portions of the 2021 budget.

Mr Amidu in a write up described the approval of the Appropriation Bill as the Minority’s third betrayal to Ghanaians.

“The doubting Thomas’s who did not believe that the consensus-building meeting between the equally divided Minority, and Majority was a choreographed compromise that raped and defiled the integrity of the Constitution and the rule of law in enabling the rejected 2022 Budget to be reinstated through a side door on 30th November 2021 as an approved 2022 Budget should tell Ghanaians the foundation upon which the Appropriation Bill, 2021 was approved in a bipartisan manner in the wee hours of Saturday, 18th December 2021,” he stated.

Below are details of Mr Amidu’s statement:

2021 BUDGET APPROPRIATION BILL – HE WHO PAYS THE PIPER CALLS THE TUNE IN NANA ADDO’S ONE-PARTY KABUKI DANCE ENSEMBLE: BY MARTIN A. B. K. AMIDU

In the wee morning of Saturday, 18th December 2021, the Parliament of Ghana approved the Appropriation Bill, 2021 for GH¢145.4 billion for the consideration and signature of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to become law to govern the Government’s planned expenditure for 2022 fiscal year. The rhetoric of the rejected 2022 Budget and the Approved 2022 Budget which had formed the basis of the Nana Akufo-Addo’s one-party Kabuki dance ensemble ended successfully in the way the President knows best. He who pays the piper calls the tune!

The Minority caucus has been firmly tied to the apron strings of the Majority caucus in Parliament in such a manner that despite the equally divided parliament excitement that engulfed Ghanaians after the 2020 Parliamentary elections, the President has been able to demonstrate how such a legislature could easily be made an appendage of the executive chariot. The third betrayal which was consummated with the active participation of the Minority in the wee hours of Saturday, 18th December 2021 warrants another award to the President to the high league of democratic-autocratic “Family and Friends” world leaders. But our President is also an innocent looking flower – “beware of Greeks bearing gifts”, is the saying.

The doubting Thomas’s who did not believe that the consensus building meeting between the equally divided Minority, and Majority was a choreographed compromise that raped and defiled the integrity of the Constitution and the rule of law in enabling the rejected 2022 Budget to be reinstated through a side door on 30th November 2021 as an approved 2022 Budget should tell Ghanaians the foundation upon which the Appropriation Bill, 2021 was approved in a bi-partisan manner in the wee hours of Saturday, 18th December 2021. Read More

By Ian Dei

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