WE’LL IMPEACH THE SPEAKER – NDC MPs threaten

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The conduct of the Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana, Rt. Hon. Prof. Aaron Michael Oquaye, has come under severe criticism, with the Minority National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament (MPs) threatening to initiate impeachment process against him.

In the view of the NDC MPs, the Speaker has since the inception of the 7th Parliament of the 4th Republic, been bias against them, cataloging a number of critical moments where the Rt. Hon. Prof. Oquaye has denied them to either voice out their displeasure or question ministers of state that appear before the legislature to answer to issues relating to their ministry.

“The day before yesterday, when we were doing the motion about the non urgency of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill, 2017 and the Zongo Development Fund, I stood up and if you noticed, for a long time he refused to call me. What I wanted to say was that the process we were using was wrong. Because the constitution under Article 106 (13) says that it has to be done by a committee but they wanted us to do was to ask the House whether they agree or not. The constitution didn’t say that the House has to decide but rather the Committee that has to do that. So, I decided to draw his attention to that.

When that failed, yesterday in the morning, I went to him and when he came I raised these things that
Mr. Speaker we are not happy about the way things are going. We argued and ended it and I thought he has taken a cue. Mine was not the first.

If you remember it is the same problem when Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority Leader stood up for almost fifteen minutes and the Speaker will not call him. We raised this objection with him in-camera in his holding room. How many times must we remind and I remember in one instance, the Majority Leader, Hon. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu had to lead the Minority to talk to the Speaker about our displeasure over the way he is handling our issues.
How many times do we have to do that? When we respect the chair and we come to you in your holding room and for the past six months we are just being frustrated. We have used all avenues to address it but it is failing. So we are left with no other option than to vent our anger on the floor.

So, you have to understand us. Just yesterday we drew his attention to it and in less than 24 hours, he is repeating it. What else does he want us to do? It is out of respect for the chair that we are not using all those avenues that we have.
But if we are pushed to the wall, we will be left with no option than to trigger all the avenues that are available to Members of Parliament – that if the Speaker is not being mindful, we will use any of them. If you look at our Standing Orders, there are many avenues and we will use it. We have the numbers to do whatever that we want to do,” Minority Chief Whip, Hon. Mohammed Mubarak-Muntaka noted.

STOP DISGRACING YOURSELF AND LEARN FROM FREDDY BLAY’ Wontumi tells Portuphy

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The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Bernard Antwi Boasiako has heavily descended on Kofi Portuphy, National chairman of the opposition NDC, describing him as weak political leader who is allowing himself to be ordered around by the ‘boys in their party to engage in trivialities in the name of politics.’

Further describing the opposition party leader as disappointing and unassertive leader, Chairman Antwi Boasiako therefore, charged Mr. Portuphy to learn from Mr. Freddy Blay, acting national chairman of the ruling NPP how to responsibly lead a party in opposition.

Speaking to newsmen after the NDC had held its press conference to counter that of the President’s media encounter, the NPP regional chairman, popularly called Wontumi, expressed sadness that the NDC chairman still allows himself to be used as a puppet by ‘these so-called babies with sharp teeth’ to advance their political ambitions at the detriment of he (Portuphy) reputation.

According to him, the hurriedly organized press conference by the NDC led by Mr. Portuphy clearly shows that he never learnt from his counterpart in the NPP, reason why he is being used ‘disgracingly’ to do the dirty works for the party, stressing “the NPP has been in opposition for eight years and the NDC saw the kind of responsible opposition leadership that we shown, however, sad to note that they did not learn from us.”

He continued: “well…they were busily stealing from Ghanaians so they did not see the kind of civilized and responsible opposition we gave them, especially, coming from Freddy Blay in the round up to the 2016 elections. If the NDC and Portuphy want to be taken seriously by the good people of Ghana, then they should be start learning from our chairman Mr. Blay.”

To Chairman Wontumi, it was difficult for the party to push Mr. Freddy Blay around into doing things that was contrary to his conviction, let alone to address something of which he was not privy to.

“This is what I call accountable, responsible and focused leadership”, the regional party chairman stated, urging Mr. Kofi Portuphy to challenge himself and lead his party well in ensuring that the country have a standard and credible opposition political party who can constructively check the government and put it on its toes.

Muntaka clashes with Majority Leader over Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill

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The Minority Chief Whip, Hon Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, Wednesday clashed with the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, over the Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill, 2017.

Muntaka had called for the immediate withdrawal of the Bill from Parliament insisting that it did not follow due process before it was laid on the floor on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

According to him, per the standing orders of the House, the Bill should have been gazetted 14 days prior to its laying on the floor.

That aside, once the Bill is laid, copies should be made available to members.

However, due process was not followed in the laying of the Bill.

That aside, as at today, copies have not been made available to members.

But the majority leader argued that due process was followed and therefore no illegality was committed.

He also said as at last night he had 30 copies of the Bill in his office but due to the fire outbreak in the Job 600, he couldn’t give them out to the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

Besides, now that the Job 600 has been locked, it will be impossible to give

copies of the Bill to Members.

H.E NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO. NAMES 13 FOR MINISTERIAL POSITIONS.


A comunique from the Presidency and addressed to the Speaker of Parliament has named 13 nominees for various ministerial positions in the country.

The communique  was read loudly by the Speaker to members on the floor of the house, include former finance minister, Yaw Osofo Maafo being nominated as a Senior Minister.

Other members are:

Albert Kan Dapaah – minister designate for National Security

Ken Ofori Atta – Minister designate for Finance

Dominic Nitiwul – Minister designate for Defense

Ambrose Dery – Minister designate for the Interior

Gloria Akufo – Minister designated for Justice and Attorey-General

Hajia Alima – Minister designate for Local Government and Rural Development

Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen – Minister designate for Trade and Industry

Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto – Minister designate for Agriculture

Boakye Agyarko – Minister designate for Energy

Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey – Minister designate for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration

Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh – Minister designate for Education

Kwaku Agyemang Many – Minister designate for Health