Andy Kwame Appiah Kubi, spokesperson for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament from the majority caucus, demanding the removal of Mr Ken Ofori-Atta as Finance Minister, has reiterated their stance not to participate in the 2023 Budget hearing and passage if President Akufo-Addo insists on keeping him in office.
Mr. Appiah-Kubi, who is the NPP MP for Asante Akyem North said per their consultation, the majority of their constituents and NPP members were in agreement that, Mr Ofori-Atta should be removed from office.
He said the members disagreed with the suggestion that it is only Mr Ofori-Atta who can present the 2023 Budget.
“If he is not there, can’t others present the budget, no one is indispensable” Mr Appiah-Kubi questioned.
“We have lost confidence in him because in the 2022 Budget, he [Ofori-Atta] promised that with an E-levy and Property Rate, there will be no need to go to the IMF for support… As we speak now, that has not happened, and the property rate is even yet to take off.”
“We are not convinced that it should be Ken Ofori-Atta and nobody else,” Mr Appiah-Kubi added and insisted it is their “political decision” that Mr Ofori-Atta must go for “the collective interest” of the NPP.