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More Drama Expected In Parliament Tomorrow As Both Sides Hold Crunch Meetings Ahead of New Year Sitting



Parliament is set to reconvene in the next 24 hours to among others consider the approval of the controversial e-levy.

Last year, the house was forced to adjourn proceedings abruptly after a free-for-all fight broke out in the chamber during the consideration of the levy.

Already, Members of Parliament on the minority and majority sides are lacing their boots for what promises to be an interesting second session of the Eighth Parliament.

The governing MPs spent the weekend at Kwahu in the Eastern region strategizing for the second session, whereas their colleagues on the other side, also stormed Ada in the same region on a similar mission.

Both caucuses together with their leaders are expected to touch base in Accra later today, Monday, January 24, 2022.

Ahead of the resumption of the house on Tuesday, January 25, Frank Annoh-Dompreh and Muntaka Mubarak who are the majority and minority chief whips respectively have been speaking to Accra-based Citi News on how the two sides are preparing for proceedings.

According to Mr. Annoh-Dompreh the Majority side concedes the stakes are very high for the Akufo-Addo led government, as they attempt to pass the e-levy bill after failed attempts in December.

“If we are unable to prosecute government business, at the end of the day, the Minority does not lose anything, regardless of the fact they are representatives of their people from various constituencies. At the end of the day, the buck stops with the government,” he said.

On his part, Alhaji Muntaka Mubarak is hopeful his side will deal with issues dear to the heart of the ordinary Ghanaian including matters of covid expenditure, the election-related disturbances in Techiman, the district assembly election, the procurement of mathematical sets, among others.

“Because the budget was on, and we all know during budget processes, it is very difficult to get other business going, so I am sure in our first meeting, these are some of the motions that we will be pursuing very strongly,” the Minority Chief Whip said.

Source: TheNewsRoomOnline

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