May 27, 2022

Mr. Frank Annoh Dompreh, Majority Chief Whip has described as unfortunate the Speaker’s directive to the House that unless the finance Minister comes to the House to render account in relations to earlier releases to the COVID-19 fight, he (Speaker) would not allow for the motion to be taken in respect of the 75 million Euro being sought for towards COVID-19”.

He said the Speaker has no persona on his own; such decisions have to be the sense of the House for him to communicate the sense of the House, “he cannot communicate his own decision”, he stated.

“Remember the Speaker is not a member of parliament, we are members; he is presiding and is expected to convene the sense of the House. The sense of the House at that time was that the question should not be put; it was not that unless the Finance Minister comes to the House to render account”.

He explained that “I have moved a motion for the question not to be put; there had been debate and the Speaker was at the verge of putting the question, I move that he should not put the question because there was the need for some consultations.

He disclosed that the Finance Minister is not running away from accountability; and the impression should be corrected, adding that when the Majority Leader returns they were going to engage the Speaker.

“We do not want to have a banter with the Speaker where we find that things need to be straighten we would find a diplomatic way of doing that, reaching out so that we have peace for the progress and execution of work of the House”.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Dominic/