Four-time former Member of Parliament (MP) for Suhum and a one-time Minority Chief Whip, Frederick Opare-Ansah has dismissed as baseless rumors that Andrew Asiamah Amoako, the second Deputy Speaker and Independent MP for Fomena, had joined the Majority caucus.
Muntaka Mubarak, the Minority Chief Whip, has given notice that his caucus will seek a by-election in Fomena following activities by the MP that were deemed unlawful.
According to him, the Independent MP has joined the NPP rather than simply conducting business with them as a result of his actions.
Mr. Opare-Ansah claimed that the Minority’s complaints are unfounded in House law and practice.
“Aren’t we supposed to have joint caucus meetings?” Does this imply that the members of the NDC are also members of the NPP? Obviously not. There’s a distinction to be made between a majority caucus meeting and an NPP caucus meeting.”
“I keep hearing the Speaker state that the NPP does not have a majority party status. So, what’s the issue if the majority group is meeting? They’re meeting as a group, not as a political party.”
Frederick Opare-Ansah, a former chair of Parliament’s Communications Committee, believes Parliament’s priorities have been misdirected in the debate over the e-levy.
According to him, the House should be more concerned with how to best protect society’s most vulnerable citizens rather than requesting a rate reduction.
“That is also part of Parliament’s work.” That is why, when the executive proposes a policy, they lack the authority to carry it out, particularly when it comes to taxing.”
“Article 174 states that Parliament has the authority to levy taxes. It’s obvious. It has nothing to do with the executive [branch of the government]. The executive only informs Parliament of its intentions.”