Deputy Speaker Cannot Overturn Decision By Substantive Speaker – Alban Bagbin

Deputy Speaker Cannot Overturn Decision By Substantive Speaker – Alban Bagbin

The Speaker of parliament states that, the Vice President can’t overturn the President’s earlier decision in Cabinet. This means that the 1st Deputy Speaker, Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu cannot overturn the decision by Alban Bagbin.

 

The Right Honorable Speaker of Parliament, Alban Kingsford Bagbin rebuked the First Deputy Speaker for overturning the earlier decision on the 2022 budget. Hon. Bagbin used the cabinet to cite an example, that if the Vice President can overturn a decision made under the watch of the President during cabinet meeting.

 

“As to whether a Vice President can preside over a cabinet which had early on taken a decision on a subject matter presided over by the President, and without consulting the President, get the Cabinet to overturn the decision earlier taken, is for your kind debate.” He stated.

 

He added that, he cannot say his first Deputy Speaker has indulged in act of misconduct which might have seems to be insubordination.

 

“But who am I to say, my Deputy, First Deputy Speaker, the Hon. Member for Bekwai Constituency, Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu, Joe Wise, might have indulged in an act of misconduct tantamount to insubordination.”

Alban Bagbin, Speaker of Parliament of Ghana

 

It can be recalled, that on the 26th November, 2021, The Parliament of Ghana had debates over 2022 budget proposal submitted to the house by the finance minister, Ken Ofori-Atta. During the deliberation, which was presided over by Rt. Hon. Speaker, Alban Bagbin, the majority side of the house was not present.

However, the house voted to reject the budget even though the majority side did not comply with the directive of the speaker to adjourn the sitting, to await the members.

It can also be remembered that after ruling of the substantive Speaker of Parliament, the First Deputy Speaker presides over Parliamentary sitting, where the the earlier decision on the budget was overturned. The house with only majority present, approve the budget.

 

Speaking on the issues surrounding the 2022 budget, Rt. Hon. Speaker stated his displeasure on the act of the 1st Deputy Speaker. He added he can make reference from many instances where walkouts and boycotts have not won in delaying the continuation of business of the house.

“I can refer to so many instances where walkouts and boycotts have never succeeded in delaying or preventing the continuation of the business of the house.”

 

“On August 22nd 2003, the Minority staged a boycott of the house in protest against the National Health Insurance Authority which was under consideration. And the Minority was against one provision. I led that walk out”.

 

As it stands now, one cannot tell whether or not the 2022 budget is still rejected or approved. However, we will update you our cherished reader if there is any information regarding the budget.

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