Every nation has the protectors of it conscious and soul, in Ghana, like many countries, the judiciary represents the conscious of the nation, whiles the legislature represents it soul.
Members of Parliament (MPs), are by far the most important players in any democratic dispensation, because they act as a bridge between all the arms of government.
In Ghana, the fact that, the August House is divided between the majority and the minority, does not mean they must always take entrench positions on matters of national importance.
Not that, taking entrench partisan positions is a problem, but when an issue as innocuous as the Ford Expedition gift to the president, must engage the attention and time of the minority, who could spend their time to debate issues, bills and loans, must be a source of worry to all lovers of democracy.
It is annoying how much time is spent on tangential issues, only to go sleeping when far more important bills come to the floor of the house for debate.
Once in parliament, it is expected we put the interest of the country first, instead of the political parties. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case in Ghana.
As if the minority is being forced to dance to a particular tune for fear of being branded as leaving their job for journalists and civil society organizations to do, they have responded after a press conference addressed by the rusty acting chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay, called for a bi-partisan probe into the car gift saga involving President Mahama.
We will pardon Freddie Blay and the NPP, for their usual politics, which disappointingly is not in the interest of the people of this country, they are not paid with the tax payers’ money, but the minority, who draw their salaries from the consolidated fund, must be above this pettiness.
What is there to be investigated, everything regarding the gift was done above board, all the necessary documentation, were done to avoid raising any eye brows, but the NPP, which less than five months to an election, has not provided any alternative policies, will want Ghanaians to believe that, the president was compromised.
Who are they seeking to convince by going on this tangent, President Mahama, was not the first to receive a gift of this kind, and will not be the last.
The minority must get serious.