Majority Leader
November 27, 2021

Leader of Government Business, Osei-Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has said the Rt. Hon Speaker Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin lied to Ghanaians when on Friday, November 26, 2021 when he came to preside over sitting that delayed and said he was not aware of a Majority side caucus meeting.

According to the Majority Leader, they had a meeting with the Speaker which coincided with one Dr. J. Y Amoakon, formerly of Economic Commission of Africa who wanted to see them. So for two hours they were meeting him.

Rt. Hon Speaker

Adding that in the cause of the meeting, the ‘Fix the Country’ movement came and together with the Minority Leader, they had to move and receive their petition, “which petition never got delivered to them”. They came to complete the meeting with Dr. J. Y Amoakon.

However, after that meeting, “I made request to the Speaker that we were to have our caucus meeting at 8:00am, now that we have finished grant us 30 minutes to have our caucus meeting. He said we can have it”.

“Speaker came and sat in the chair and lied that we did not apply to him; he does not know of any caucus meeting, no one has told him anything, how can you do that, how can the Speaker behave that way,  is not good enough and I think the meeting we had this morning we should be transparent and accountable to each other”

 Mr. Kyei-Mensah questioned, how do they build confidence and trust, if the Speaker can behave this way, should anything happen to the Speaker, “I should be the first person as the leader of the House to protect and defend the Speaker, what is happening now cannot be good for the House”.

At a media briefing after they staged the walkout on Friday, November 26, 2021, he revealed that his side is not running away from their own budget but they would not tolerate a question being put by the Speaker under intimidation circumstances not under any threat, they would not submit to it, what they have done is just to allow cool heads to prevail, they are moving out to have a caucus meeting on the attitude of Speaker and they would see what to do.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/