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Speaker’s Majority Leader refutes claims that he is undermining him

Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the Majority Leader, has refuted reports that he went public to oppose Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin over the allocation of funding for Parliament to conduct its business.

He claimed that he did not go out to undermine the Speaker, but rather to discuss the difficulties he was aware of regarding the release of funds to the House.

“Apparently, there was some information to the Speaker that I had gone out to publicly oppose him, so the Speaker came to the House and made certain statements… which I find unfortunate.”

Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu rejected the accusation when he addressed the topic in Parliament on Tuesday in an attempt to clarify the situation, which he said was caused by a misunderstanding.

The Majority Leader further stated that on Wednesday, May 25, 20222, the Director of Finance and Clerk of Parliament came to him to discuss the state of Parliament’s finances, and that he summoned the Controller and Accountant General (CAG) in their presence because the situation appeared to be dire.

Speaker’s Majority Leader refutes claims that he is undermining him

He claimed that the Attorney General informed him that twenty-five million cedis (GH25,000,000) would be transferred to Parliament by the end of the day, and that he afterwards called the Director of Finance, who confirmed that the money had been released to Parliament.

He said it appeared the Speaker was unaware that the GH25 million had been provided to the House and that he was astonished to learn on Thursday that the Speaker had made a statement implying that Parliament did not have the funds to conduct its normal work.

He said that the radio interview on Friday morning in Kumasi was just intended to clarify that money had been released to Parliament and not to undermine the Speaker.

“I didn’t go out there to contradict the Speaker; I merely spoke out about what he was aware of.” My hope is that, as a group, the leadership and the Speaker would invite the Minister of Finance and the Controller and Accountant General, so that these occasional snafus do not occur in the future,” he added.

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Speaker Bagbin responded to the Majority Leader’s remark by saying that members were aware of the issues Parliament is facing as a result of the delays in financial allocations to the House to conduct its job.

He explained that Parliament was anticipated to get GH54 million in the first quarter of 2022 to conduct its programs, but only seven million cedis were given, and the GH25 million released is part of GH84 million in arrears for 2021.

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