Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has expressed concern on how the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin keeps disclosing vital issues in public and described the act as machoism.
According to him, the Speaker’s public utterances on certain issues should rather be discussed behind closed doors not in public.
This action, Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said if not checked may have the potential of undermining how parliamentary businesses were conducted.
Speaking in a media interview in Accra on Sunday, the Suame MP said he would disagree with the Speaker’s decisions if the need arises but would not undermine his authority.
“I defer to him but I can disagree with him. I can’t challenge the Speaker. If I challenge the Speaker and I do so by a motion and debate on the floor and my side wins; what happens to the Speaker? You inflict a mortal wound on the Speaker. You bring him down and it will affect the standing of Parliament. This is why I resisted the temptation to challenge him,” he said.
His comment follows the debate on the 2021 budget in Parliament, where Mr Bagbin had threatened to block the passage of the Appropriation Bill if the Executive did not rescind on its decision to cap funds to be allocated to the other two arms of government.
But the Parliamentary Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu disagreed with the Speaker and insisted that the matter should have been discussed in camera rather than on the floor of Parliament
Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu indicated that the issue Mr Bagbin was talking about in parliament was something he was already talking to the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo about which the Speaker was aware.
“There has not been one President who has afforded us (Parliament) all we requested. Never!, since Rawlings’ time. So why should President Akufo-Addo be an exception. I was in communication with the President and he (Speaker) knew that. In any event, even securing what we were able to secure; it was me. So why should you go and do that? It makes it appear as if you want to demonstrate machoism which I think is unnecessary,” he added.
The Majority Leader, however, indicated that despite their differences on issues, he was still intimate with Mr Bagbin and expressed preparedness to work together with him in deepening Ghana’s democracy in the remaining life of the eight Parliament.