Majority Leader Indicts Him For Cutting Budget For Judiciary, Legislature
Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has revealed Secretary to the President, Nana Asante Bediatuo, unilaterally wrote the letter cutting down budget estimates for the judiciary and legislature.
According to him, although there was discussion ongoing on the budget with the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, it was inconclusive before his departure to Cote d'Ivoire.
Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, disclosed that the President was shocked that a letter went to Parliament from his Secretary, Nana Asante Bediatuo, slashing the estimate for the House.
Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin, recently warned he would block the approval of the 2021 budget and economic policy of the government, if the Executive maintains its decision.
However, President Akufo-Addo in a letter to Parliament, announced that the budget for the Legislature, will be slashed by ¢119 million, whilst that of the Judiciary will go down by ¢77 million.
Speaking to JoyNews in an interview, the Majority Leader, said the Secretary to the President wrote the letter even though the matter had not been conclusively dealt with.
According to him, talks were temporarily truncated when the President left the country for Ivory Coast some weeks ago.
But "on account of what had been happening earlier, the Secretary wrote the letter."
"I think it's a yesterday issue, but we have agreed that the proper thing should be done," he further said.
A new letter has since been written to the Speaker and read by him in the House. To prove his innocence, the new letter was signed by the President himself.
The President, according to the Majority Leader, had explained that his correspondences with the House, including his trips abroad, are normally under his handwriting, but this had come from Nana Asante Bediatuo.
Member of Parliament (MP) for Ho West, Emmanuel Bedzrah is calling for a probe into circumstances leading to Nana Asante Bediatuo writing a letter to Parliament without the full backing of the President.
It is unclear, how many other letters, Nana Asante Bediatuo, has written to Parliament or any other institution for and behalf of President Akufo-Addo that he is not in the know, but actions were taken believing they were directives of the President.
Nana Asante Bediatuo, has in the past appended his signature to many Executive letters from the Presidency, on projects and government transactions which became controversial.
Not long ago, Gabby Asare-Ochtere Darko, had through his newspaper; The Statesman wrote that President Akufo-Addo, had been misled on the controversial AMERI novation agreement which led to the dismissal of Boakye Agyarko as Energy Minister.