When he was presented by Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin on March 8, 2023, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia received his fair share of jeers from the opposing side in parliament.
Speaker, please recognize and identify the guests in the room before President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo delivers the State of the Nation Address.
Dr. Bawumia, the vice president, was one of these identities.
“His Excellency the Vice President, Alhaji, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia,” Bagbin said and in response, the majority side in parliament chanted, “yeah yeah”.
Right after this, minority members followed with their version of chants; “What a solid team! What a solid team!” they said.
This is important because Bawumia has been held accountable by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and minority lawmakers on numerous occasions for leading the government’s underperforming Economic Management Team, which they claim is the cause of the nation’s current economic disaster.
In the most recent incident, John Dramani Mahama, a former president, taunted Bawumia while addressing at the beginning of his campaign in the Akatsi-Volta region.
Mr. Mahama claims that the Vice President and other members of his government’s Economic Management Team are currently evading accountability for the poor management of Ghana’s economy.
According to Ghana’s 1992 Constitution, Article 67, the President is required to address Parliament with a statement on the State of the Country at the beginning of each session and before it is dissolved.
The Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces presents the government’s plan for the upcoming year and makes legislative proposals to Parliament during the SONA, which is a constitutional requirement and yearly custom.
Representatives of Parliament (MPs), the Speaker of Parliament, and the judiciary are required to accept the President’s SONA under Ghana’s 1992 Constitution, Article 67.