On December 8th, the majority in parliament staged a walkout in order to skip the secret vote on the censure motion against Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta.
The procedure came to a sudden halt when the majority leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, washed his hands and those of his fellow members of Parliament.
In fact, the minority had gathered all of its members and ordered them to stand in line in anticipation of upsetting the majority and ousting the finance minister.
Despite their exit, Speaker Alban Bagbin proclaimed a secret ballot necessary to determine whether to remove a minister through a censure vote in line with Standing Order 105 and Article 104(4) of the 1992 Constitution.
The Minority caucus submitted a vote of censure against the Finance Minister, charging him with economic incompetence, fiscal mismanagement, conflict of interest, and gross economic mismanagement.
The Finance Minister denied charges of conflict of interest and egregious economic mismanagement brought against him by the Parliamentary Minority group.
The accusations against him, he claimed, were witch hunts and he had done nothing wrong.
If I claim to be innocent, the minority won’t believe me, and if I demand the truth and supporting evidence, they won’t be able to do so.
On Thursday, Mr. Ofori-Atta said, “I have committed no crime.