Dr. Bawumia, the Acting President, will not be in Parliament for the budget reading – Kyei Mensah-Bonsu


Unlike past years, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia will not be present in Parliament today, November 17, 2021, for the reading of the 2021 Budget Statement and Economic Policy.
This is because he is now filling in for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who is in Paris for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s 75th anniversary celebrations (UNESCO).
The President is taking advantage of some of his official vacation time to attend the ceremony.
On Wednesday, Majority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu announced this.

“It’s very likely that the acting Vice President will not be in the chamber.” The Chairman of the Economic Management Team [Mahamudu Bawumia] has always been with us, but because he is the acting President, he may not be able to do so this time.”
The President should normally be responsible for reading the budget statement.
When the President is out of the nation or involved with other duties, this function is delegated to a Minister of State.

Some members of the Minority in Parliament have protested the Vice President’s plan to accompany the Finance Minister to the budget reading, claiming that the practice is unconstitutional.
Haruna Iddrisu, the Vice President, declared in 2020 that the Vice President’s choice to accompany the Finance Minister was constitutionally improper under the government’s setup.

“From time to time, he [the Vice President] goes to Parliament with the Minister of Finance. Within the government’s structure and hierarchy of authority, this is not lawfully permissible.
In accordance with Article 179 of the 1992 constitution, this will be the Akufo-Addo administration’s sixth budget.