Minority pushes for President’s impeachment

Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu

Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu

The Minority in Parliament has said it will seek a consensus on a motion to impeach President John Mahama over the Ford Expedition gift saga.

The current distribution of Members of Parliament (MPs) in the House does not support the opposition’s two-thirds majority requirement for the impeachment process.

The Speaker of Parliament has summoned Members of Parliament (MPs) from their holidays to a sitting today.

Although the Minority Leader, Osei-Kyei-Mensah Bonsu, claimed he was not aware of the reason for the sudden summons, he said in an interview that the minority would argue strongly on the Ford Expedition issue.

“We had submitted some proposal to the Speaker, before we adjourned sine die; we were told that Parliament will be recalled to deal with some unfinished business.

Relating to the proposal from the minority in particular, it is a proposal that we have submitted to the Speaker, but it is being on the back burner for a while. This matter came up when the matter crossed the table of the Public Accounts Committee and because there were lingering issues, we decided to probe further into this.”

He added; “Whilst we were at it, we heard that a journalist had taken a huge step ahead of us, so we decided to wait to see what came out of his own investigation. Lo and behold, his findings agitated the national conscience and indeed disturbed the state of the nation for a while.

“So we listened to the fallout, people expressed opinions; but these matters are better addressed at the place that the constitution wants us to address same. It will as much as possible not be very consensual.”

But I would want us to pursue that path. I do not want at this stage to be talking about numbers; I want to believe that good conscience will prevail. We want it to be very engaging and consultative,” he said.

But the Deputy Majority Leader, Alfred Kwame Agbesi had already said the majority side would resist any attempt by the minority to raise the issue on the floor of Parliament.

“I will say without any reservation at all that if that issue should be raised in Parliament, we on our side we shall resist with all the forces at our disposal,” he stated.



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