The Minority is requesting the resignation of Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta through a vote of censure, but the minister’s attorney is seeking specifics and supporting documentation for their claims of incompetence.
Today, November 15, 2022, during the first meeting of the eight-member bipartisan committee to look into the conflict of interest charges brought against Mr. Ofori-Atta by the minority caucus, Mr. Gabby Otchere-Darko, counsel for Mr. Ofori-Atta, made the demand.
According to Mr. Otchere-Darko, the proof will allow his client to reply honestly to the accusations that are the basis for the call for his removal.
The Auditor General’s reports for 2019, 2020, and 2021, the Budget statement, President Akufo-economic Addo’s address, the PIAC report, and others were listed by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, and the Ranking Member on the Finance Committee, Cassiel Ato Forson, who spoke on behalf of the Minority to support the motion on censure against the Finance Minister.
The committee was established by Speaker of the House Alban Bagbin on November 10, 2022, after the minority caucus presented a vote of censure against Mr. Ofori-Atta for mismanaging the Ghanaian economy.
The other committee members are Dr. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings, Bernard Ahiafor, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Patrick Yaw Boamah, Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi, and Andrew Agyapa Mercer (all from the minority caucus) (from the majority caucus).
Seven working days are given to the committee to complete its job and deliver a report.
The committee will be presented with the evidence “The minister will have the chance to defend himself, Mr. Bagbin informed the parliament.
Parliament will discuss a report that will be given to the house, according to Mr. Bagbin.
The minority caucus believes that Mr. Ofori-Atta has ruined the economy and cannot be trusted to manage his own disaster.