The Parliament of Ghana is expected to make history today, Thursday the 10th of November 2022 if it succeeds in axing Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta from the office of Finance Minister through a vote of censure. The #KenMustGo move is expected to be constitutionally achieved if the majority of members of parliament from both sides vote for the removal of Ken Ofori-Atta.
A vote of censure is a vote cast to show that a majority does not support the policy of a leader or governing body.
Hon. Ken Ofori has been blamed largely for the current ailing Ghanaian economy. Under his watch, the dollar which was arrested by the Ghana Police has broken jail and caused serious economic problems for the country. The cedi has depreciated so fast and continuously in its free-falling journey.
These coupled with high fuel prices and inflation not to mention the replying effect on the prices of food and transport have made life unbearable and harsh for the ordinary Ghanaian.
The ruling NPP has, however, called on the Majority Caucus in parliament not to take part in today’s vote of censure, a clear indication that the NPP-led government is not ready to fire the non-performing minister who has refused to resign just as the laid back unwilling President Akufo Addo’s posture to show him the exit even when the members of parliament of the ruling NPP have called for the immediate replacement of the Finance Minister.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has ordered the Majority Caucus in parliament to abstain from the vote of censure against Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta. If parliaments succeed today, the NPP-led government will have no choice but to respond to the will of the people expresses through parliament and get an acting Minister of Finance in place whiles a substantive minister is sought
While a cross-section of Ghanaians believe the firing of Ken Ofori-Atta will have little significance and produce the necessary results, many hold the view that should the Minister of Finance exit office, it will among other things boost investor confidence in their Ghanaian economy and help stabilize the ailing economy and the depreciating cedi.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) in its press release ordering the majority caucus in parliament to abstain from the Vote of Censure, argued that “The leadership acknowledges that the minister of finance is the leader of the government negotiation team with the International Monetary Fund considering that negotiations with the IMF are nearly completed the national executive body of the party strongly believes that the removal of the lead person spearheading the negotiation may adversely impact the progress made”.
The minority caucus in parliament has called on the majority to see the need to engage in the vote of censure as a vote for the interest of Ghanaians and the masses who are feeling the blunt edge of the ailing economy on their pockets and their lives. They have argued that if the Majority caucus fails to support the move at the final end, it would mean that they have been bribed by the government.
History indeed beacons Ghana as Parliament attempts to “Axe” Ken Ofori-Atta Today through a vote of censure.