The Honorable Member of Parliament for Banda constituency in the Brong Ahafo Region, Ibrahim Ahmed, has bemoaned the lack of cohesion among the leadership of Parliament in recent times.
This situation, according to him has not only slowed down business of the House, but has also generated a state of acrimony and mistrust among Members of Parliament, subsequently leading to mistrust in the House by the general public.
He noted that the situation, if not immediately arrested can have disastrous consequences on the House and to Ghana’s democracy as a whole.
Ahmed, who doubles as the Deputy Minority Chief Whip in Parliament, expressed these sentiments on Tuesday in an exclusive interview with ghananewsonline.com.gh.
According to him, the situation has become so bad that it has even affected the quality of debate in the House. A situation, he revealed, has not only been identified by the Leadership but also sections of the general public.
To arrest this situation therefore, is calling for a retreat for leadership of Parliament at a secluded place, where they can iron out their differences and come out with a united front to enable them put themselves at the best disposal of Ghanaians.
“If this happens, Parliament can regain its lost image before Ghanaians,” he noted.
According to the outspoken MP, during the reign of the immediate past Speaker, Rt. Hon Edward Doe Adjaho, the leadership of the House was on two separate occasions treated to such retreats and the end result was fantastic.
Ahmed is disappointed that the current leadership instead of identifying the there is a problem and then tackling it head-on, they are rather pointing accusing fingers at the out-gone speaker, who, according to him played his part well and has since left the political picture.
The Deputy Minority Whip said his side is not on any mischievous mission, rather as a responsible opposition group, their duty is to constructively criticize by putting the government on its toes to enable it live up to the expectation of Ghanaians – who are entitled to their votes’ worth.
“This position should not be seen as Sabotage! After all, who will want to sabotage a system which he is part of,” he queried.
He reminded all that “if the soup tastes well, all partake of it”.
Ahmed has therefore charged the leadership to live beyond reproach, so that together they can redeem Parliament’s seeming lost image.
Source: S. O. Ankamah || ghananewsonline.com.gh