SONA2020: NDC MPs walk out of Parliament

The Minority has walked out of Parliament, fulfilling their earlier promise of boycotting the 2020 State of the Nation Address.

Clad in black attires, the men and women of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) are protesting government’s failure to release some five per cent of the District Assemblies’ Common Fund.

JoyNews’ Joseph Opoku Gakpo reported from the House Wednesday morning, that the legislators resolved at a Minority Caucus meeting to give the Executive up to Friday, February 16 to release the monies.

In the absence of this, they may not be in the Chamber when President Nana Akufo-Addo visits the House to deliver the annual address.

And they lived up to their promise.

Although they were in the House in their numbers, as soon as the National Anthem was sung and President Akufo-Addo took his seat, the MPs walked out.

They left behind placards with inscriptions questioning, among other things government’s support of the Electoral Commission’s decision to compile a new register for the December polls.

”Why the rush for a new register, Nana Addo,” one of the placards read.

But the Majority was unperturbed.

As soon as the Minority walked out of the Chamber, they removed the placards they had left behind and took their seats.

Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has, however, condemned the actions of the Minority.

In a tweet, he said, “we are setting very bad precedents in our democracy that have the ability to undermine the pillars of our governance. We need to be very careful not to destroy the things that uphold the state.”