Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, the majority leader in parliament, is pushing political parties to think about amending their constitutions in order to settle disputes during a shift in the caucus leadership in parliament.
This comes after the disagreement caused by the National Democratic Congress’ national executives’ reorganization of the minority leadership in Parliament.
Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu stated in his welcoming speech on the floor of Parliament that an examination of party constitutions would help to avoid disagreements over such revisions.
“It is the prerogative of the party to announce changes in its leadership but at the heart of the confusion that ensued was the matter of consultation. I believe that the parties [not only the NDC] should have their own introspection of the party’s constitution. That is where the problem is. Let those who have ears listen.”
The National Democratic Congress’ national executives replaced Haruna Iddrisu, James Klutse Avedzi, and Muntaka Mubarak as the Minority leadership when Parliament reconvened on Tuesday after the holiday break.
The Ajumako Enyan Essiam lawmaker, together with his deputy, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, and the minority chief whip, Kwame Governs Agbodza, currently sits on the front bench of the NDC in Parliament.
Armed Ibrahim and Comfort Doyoe-Ghansah, the first and second Deputy Minority Whips, were retained.
When the House reconvened on Tuesday, February 7, Speaker of the House Alban Bagbin thanked the departing Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, and his team.
Mr. Bagbin welcomed legislators back to the House and sent his best wishes to the departing minority leadership.
He warned the new minority leaders to get ready for the challenging task that executives had given them.
“The new leaders have all been in this house for a while and are very conversant with the culture and law of Parliament. I have confidence in their ability to meet the high expectations of our stakeholders. On behalf of the House, I warmly welcome them to the hot seat of the leadership of Parliament. Congratulations and I wish you well.”