Dome Kwabenya Member of Parliament, Sarah Adwoa Safo has dismissed claims that she was impersonated in Parliament yesterday Tuesday November 30 when the 2022 budget was approved.
She said on the floor of Parliament on Wednesday that “Mr Speaker, I was present in this house yesterday.”
“Very soon we will know whether Adwoa Safo was in the chamber yesterday,” Asawase Member of Parliament, Muntaka Mubarak replied also on the floor of the House.
This development comes after MP for North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, had said the Minority is probing a case of impersonation Adwoa Safo, in Parliament on Tuesday.
“Following pictures and videos we are reviewing this morning, it is becoming quite apparent to us that there may be a case of impersonation with regards to the lady who was presented as Adwoa Safo. It’s beginning to appear that she may not be Adwoa Safo,” Mr Ablakwa told Joy FM.
Meanwhile, the Minority in Parliament is seeking to overturn the approval of the budget by the House on Tuesday November 30, without them.
Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu in moving a motion to overturn the approval said 137 lawmakers of the Majority could not have taken a decision.
He said they don’t consider Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei Wusu (Joewise) who deliberated proceedings yesterday, as member of Parliament at the time he was sitting in a s speak hence that leave the number present at 137.
It is recalled that immediately after the approval of the budget on Tuesday, Haruna Iddrisu said that the Majority did not have the numbers to enable them approve the 2022 budget statement.
He said at a press conference in Parliament that as of the time the Majority were taking the decision to approve the budget, they were 137 and not 138.
“The precedent they are setting will haunt them in the future. At the time that they were taking the decision the house was not 137.”
They further rejected the assurance by the Finance Ken Ofori-Atta that their concerns in the 2022 budget would be addressed at the committee level.
Haruna Iddrisu said that they wanted their concerns captured in the original budget statement, not to be discussed at the committees’ sittings.
“If you are acknowledging and admitting that there were concessions, let it reflect in the statement” and not a meeting at the committee level.
He further stated that the Minority will oppose to the E-levy proposal in its current any day and anytime.
“We don’t support the E-levy in its current. Our point is to revise it to take care of the ordinary people.”
The Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta had assured them that all the issues they raised against the 2022 Budget, would be addressed at the committee level.
The Minority had raised issues including the request that the budget for Parliament should be raised from GHS510m to GHs1.7bn, issues about the e-levy and others.
Mr Ofori Atta said in Parliament on Tuesday November 30 that their concerns would be considered.
His comments came just before Parliament approved the 2022budget statement on Tuesday November 30.
The First Deputy Speaker who sat in for the Speaker said on Tuesday, Joseph Osei Owusu said that “The House has adopted the Financial statement and approved the budget statement for the ensuing year ending 31st December 2021.”
“This house has approved the budget and economic statement,” he stressed.
The Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu had asked him to set aside the purported rejection of the 2022 budget statement.
Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said on the floor of the House on Tuesday November 30 that the rejection of the budget “did not meet the test established under Article 104,” because Parliament did not have the required numbers to be present in the chamber for purposes of taking decisions.<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Parliament of Ghana, Tuesday, November 30, 2021. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TV3NewDay?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TV3NewDay</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/3NewsGH?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#3NewsGH</a> <a href="https://t.co/epym2xN73D">pic.twitter.com/epym2xN73D</a></p>— #TV3GH (@tv3_ghana) <a href="https://twitter.com/tv3_ghana/status/1465974145297092611?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 1, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>