Minority members of Parliament have in their usual approach after the presentation of financial policy statement, pooh-poohed Government’s 2016 Budget delivered on Friday; describing it as a “dead goat budget”. The minority members as they have done in previous years, were carrying sheets of papers with the inscription “dead goat budget” immediately after Mr. Seth Terkper, the Finance Minister, concluded his delivery. The “dead goat” phrase, became synonymous with President Mahama, after he made the comment to suggest that he was not moved by criticisms about his performance any longer.Perhaps describing the budget statement as a “dead goat budget”, is the Minority’s way of showing their disapproval of the budget.
Minority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu in seconding a motion moved by the Majority Leader Alban Bagbin on the floor of Parliament to bring Friday’s proceedings to a close said “In seconding the motion, I just want to observe that the Finance Minister’s presentation was full of perspiration but very little inspiration. A trust-betrayed budget; a dead-goat budget offering no relief to Ghanaians” he stated. But Hon. Mensah-Bonsu’s specific response to the content of the budget was truncated by the Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Doe Adjaho, who reminded him of breaking the rules of the house. The house has adjourned and will return on Friday November 20, to continue the business of the house which will include a debate of the budget.
Source – Citifm