Veteran Ghanaian journalist and managing editor of the Insight Newspaper Kwesi Pratt Jnr has revealed the real reason why the NDC Minority in Parliament voted to approve the 2023 budget statement and economic policy document of the Akufo-Addo government.
Speaking on his Aljaji & Alhaji politics talks show broadcasted on local tv station Original TV, Mr Kwasi Pratt claimed that he knew many things that he was not allowed to say on public tv, but he dared discussion panel member Alhaji A.B.A. Fuseini, MP for Sagnarigu, to prove him wrong if he could.
Mr Pratt revealed that the NDC was unitedly opposed to the budget statement and was minded to reject it mainly because of the domestic debt exchange program and the VAT increment, but the NPP succeeded in passing it because they met the leaders of the NDC and managed to convince them that things are so hard for the country that without the 2023 budget, government would not be able to pay salaries, nor fulfil any of its debt obligations even to local contractors.
They reasoned that the wave of coup d'etats in the West African sub-region would likely come to Ghana unless the budget passed. And this worked the trick because apparently, the opposition in Ghana fears coup d'etats even more than the ruling government.
Ghana's parliament on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, approved the proposed 2023 budget, which includes a debt exchange programme and a proposed 2.5% increase to the country's value-added tax.