The current shake-up in the leadership of the Minority Caucus in Parliament, which occurred on Tuesday, January 24, has evidently left some of the populace in a daze. The Parliament house is no exception.
Missed out on the current news? Well, here is a quick recap of what happened on Tuesday.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) decided to make sudden changes in their leadership in Parliament.
Former Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrissu was replaced with Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, Deputy Minority Leader, James Klutse Avedzi has been succeeded by Kofi Armah Buah and the former Minority Chief Whip, Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka has been replaced by Governs Kwame Agbodza.
Now, although these changes have been made, Parliament does not seem to have recovered from this reshuffling in the leadership of the NDC.
Because, despite these changes that were made two days ago, the official website of the Parliament has not updated information on the minority leaders.
Unbelievable! Right? Care to see the evidence for yourself?
JoyNews’ checks on the website shows that under the ‘MPs & Office-Bearers’ category, where leaders in parliament are listed, the previous minority leaders are the ones still recognised.
Whatever has brought about this delay? Parliament is also yet to make a comment on the changes the NDC has made in the house.
But there is a clue. Addressing a press conference on Thursday, the former Majority Leader, Cletus Avoka, noted that the letter by the party’s General Secretary to the Speaker of Parliament has no effect.
According to him, Parliament is currently on recess and therefore there can be no applicable changes to the leadership structure of the NDC Minority in the House.
He explained that the purported changes in the letter can only be implemented if the Speaker of Parliament reads it before the entire House; stressing that until that is done, Haruna Iddrisu remains the Minority Leader, likewise his other colleagues.
“We’re on recess. By the Speaker’s invitation we’re returning on the 7th of February, 2023 so we’re not yet in the House.
“Against that background, it is when the Speaker reads the letter he has received from the Secretary of the party indicating the reshuffle to the members of the House that it can take effect.
“As of now, we’re on recess, we’re not there. So as far as we’re concerned, the current leaders of the House, Honourable Haruna Iddrisu, Muntaka and co are deemed to still be in office”, he emphasised.
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