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Osei-Owusu throws out Minority’s motion to reverse budget approval

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Joseph Osei Owusu

The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Joseph Osei-Owusu has thrown away the Minority’s motion of recession on the approval of the 2022 budget by the Majority.

The Majority on Tuesday, 30 November 2021 approved the 2022 budget but the Minority argued the move is unconstitutional because they did not have the required 137 members to do so.

In parliament today, Wednesday, 1 December 2021, Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu moved a motion for the speaker to rescind the earlier decision to approve the budget.

But First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei Owusu who is acting as speaker in the absence of Alban Bagbin threw the Minority’s motion away.

He argued that that a Deputy Speaker could not be described as a Speaker hence, arguments being made by the Minority that the number of MPs in the chamber as of the time of the approval of the budget was not enough could not hold.

Mr Osei-Owusu said: “I am a member of Parliament; the Second Deputy Speaker is a Member of Parliament.

“Our work is to assist the Speaker. Any attempt to read and interpret the constitution to include Deputy Speakers is a misreading of the constitution.

“When the Speaker is not around either of us can preside so like any other member. That member does not lose his right of being a member of the House.”

Unhappy with the ruling, Asawase MP Mubarak Muntaka stood on his feet and angrily shouted “you’re not speaker and cannot make a determination”.

This resulted in a near brawl as some Minority MPs rushed on Mr Osei-Owusu but he the marshals intervened as he suspended sitting for an hour.

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