The Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, says there is nothing wrong with MPs doubling up as Ministers.
Speaking to Accra-based Citi FM, he said he disagrees with assertions that appointing ministers from Parliament will weaken the law making body.
He explained that there are so many countries that have adopted the Westminster system and it is working well for them.
“…I don’t agree that because the President appoints ministers from Parliament, Parliament by necessary is weakened, and because of that we should have the president appointing ministers from outside Parliament. I don’t agree with the justification when people say that Parliament will be weakened when ministers are appointed from Parliament,” Mr. Mensah-Bonsu stated.
His position comes on the back of comments by the Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Prof. Philip Ebow Bondzi-Simpson, who called for an amendment to the constitution in order to bar Members of Parliament from being appointed as Ministers.
The Rector held that individuals who serve as both MPs and Ministers are unable to efficiently deliver their duties.
According to him, burdening one person with the responsibility of handling these two keys positions impedes development.
In his view, Ghana is so hungry for development that the country cannot afford to be deficient in any sector due to the divided attention of an appointee.
But defending his own position, the Majority Leader said the only way the only way to stop MPs from being appointed as Ministers is to adopt the executive presidential system.
“I agree that if we want to pursue the executive presidential system, let us free the hand of the president to appoint ministers from outside Parliament and not members of Parliament. But for the Westminster system, the ministers come from Parliament. So let’s make a choice,” he added.