In sharp contrast with the views of some members of the governing National Democratic Congress, Majority Chief Whip Alhaji Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak has declared that the laws governing Parliamentary proceedings do not allow any person to stop an MP from performing his duties.
The minority members have so far boycotted all activities relating to President John Mahama, as the 2012 New Patriotic Party flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo and other party elites challenge the legitimacy of his election before the Supreme Court.
Last Thursday, some members of the Majority group took a swipe at the Minority over its tentative decision to participate in the presentation of the 2013 budget on Tuesday, March 5, with the explaination that the Minority is contradicting itself by selectively participating in a business relating to the presidency.
The Members of Parliamen(MPs) for Ketu North, James Avedzi, and Ayawaso North, Dr Mustapha Ahmed, have mentioned that Minority MPs cannot be part of this debate because President Mahama nominated the Finance Minister who will be presenting the budget.
However, Alhaji Muntaka declared on Adom TV’s Badwam programme Friday that anyone attempting to prevent the Minority from participating in the discussions would be flouting Parliamentary laws.
He however mentioned that this should not stop MPs from questioning the rationale behind the Minority’s actions.
He himself questioned the morality behind the Minority’s boycott of ministerial vetting activities and their decision to stage a walkout just before the president delivered his State of the Nation Address. He also pointed out the contradiction between the Minority’s stance on those events and their intention to participate in budget debates.
Source: Daily Graphic
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