President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reportedly called for calm from agitating Members of Parliament calling for the head of his Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta.
The President met the aggrieved MPs on Tuesday, October 25th 2022 at the Jubilee House, where he reportedly asked them to give the embattled Finance Minister Time to conclude his negotiations with the International Monetary Fund.
The President is reported to have said that dismissing Ofori-Atta at such a delicate time would disrupt the government’s negotiations with the IMF to secure the much-needed $3bn bailout.
“Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has asked Ken Ofori-Atta to be given three more weeks to conclude the IMF negotiations,” Accra-based Citi FM reported.
Earlier on Tuesday, some majority MPs held a press conference during which they called for the Finance Minister’s dismissal.
“We have had occasions to defend allegations of conflicts of interest, lack of confidence, and trust against the leadership of the Finance Ministry. The recent development within the economy is of major concern to our caucus and our constituents. We have made our grave concern to our president through the parliamentary leadership and the leadership of the party without and positive response,” Andy Kwame Appiah-Kubi, Spokesperson for the MPs said.
Meanwhile, the minority in Parliament have tabled a motion for the impeachment of the Minister and called for the majority to support them if they mean business.
According to Ahmed Ibrahim, the Deputy Minority Chief Whip, President Nana Akufo-Addo would never sack Ofori-Atta because he owes him a debt for financing his campaigns.