In a recent development, the Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has made it clear that the Majority caucus will not lend their support to the Minority should they decide to introduce a motion aimed at summoning the Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Dr. Ernest Addison, to appear before the legislative body.
Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu articulated that the Minority has already formed a critical opinion of the Governor, as evidenced by their participation in street protests. He suggested that instead of resorting to public demonstrations, opposition Members of Parliament could have pursued a more constructive avenue by inviting the Governor to address concerns related to the new headquarters building and the reported GHS60.8 billion financial loss during a parliamentary session.
“We are Members of Parliament, we could have invited the Governor to come and talk about the issues that are not clear to us. You go on a demonstration and organize a press conference against the man then you come back to Parliament to move the motion [to invite him], do you want me to support that?
“Now, you have made up your mind that whatever has been done by [the Governor] is inappropriate, you are not going to countenance it, so if he comes to explain the issues, are you going to take it or jettison it?” the Suame Lawmaker said in an interview on Monday.
The Minority has been demanding the resignations of Dr. Addison and his two deputies over allegations of mismanagement.
Initially, they had given the three officials 21 days to step down but later resorted to street protests, marching to the central bank’s headquarters to physically demand their resignations.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament (MPs) were particularly incensed by the allocation of over $200 million for the construction of a modern headquarters in Accra at a time when the Central Bank reported financial losses.
Dr. Addison in a response described the protest as “completely unnecessary.”