President John Mahama has said there is no need for budget statements to be debated as he doubts if the minority members in parliament listened to the 2016 budget which was read in parliament by the Finance Minister last Friday.
I don’t think the Minority listened to the 2016 budget - Mahama
The minority members, even before the conclusion of the budget statement, carried sheets of papers with the inscription “dead goat budget”.
According to the Minority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, the 2016 budget is "a trust-betrayed budget; a dead-goat budget offering no relief to Ghanaians.”
The development has however not gone down well with President Mahama.
Addressing a gathering of NDC supporters in Tamale in the Northern, the President said “The Finance Minister says I am coming to present the budget on behalf of the President as well as the financial policy for 2016; and he comes and he starts reading the budget and even before he finishes, people are holding placards with the inscription “dead goat budget.”
He added, “It means they had made their minds before they even came to sit there. So I wonder if they even listened; I don’t think they did because they had printed dead goat budget and were hiding the placards under their seats. So their mind is made up about the budget already so why should there even be a debate about the budget; because there is no way they will ever find anything good in that budget. But that budget is meant to stabilize this economy and that’s exactly what we are doing.”
The “dead goat” phrase, emerged after President Mahama made a comment to suggest that he was not moved by criticisms about his performance any longer.
The house has adjourned and will return on Friday November 20, to debate the budget and continue with the business of the house.
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