A senior Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo has described as “baffling” what he says are attempts by some parliamentarians, particularly from the majority caucus, to undermine attempts by the Speaker to restore the lost glory of the house, as the countervailing authority to the powers of the executive.
According to the renowned political scientist, parliament has since 1993 been toothless and functioned in the shadows of the executive merely as a rubber stamp and rather than commending and encouraging the Speaker who is helping to stabilise the balance of power expected to exist between the executive and the legislature in a democracy, “some are politically misbehaving toward him.”
In a post on his facebook wall, Prof Gyampo noted: “Ghana has always had Speakers of parliament from the camps of the ruling parties, who have whipped and guided parliament into accepting executive dominance over the legislative arm of government”.
He encouraged Mr Bagbin to stand firm and urged him to steer the affairs of the house in a manner that strengthens parliament as an effective oversight body and a countervailing authority to the powers of the executive.
Prof Gyampo further prevailed on the Speaker to do his work and exercise his powers as provided by the Constitution, saying: “Don’t play to the gallery, assert the independence of parliament in a manner that forces the executive to learn the rudiments of ‘real politik’ in their relationship with the legislature.”
He also called on the minority group not to sit aloof and leave the battle to the Speaker alone.