We’ve Seen Judicial Authority At Work; Time Up For Parliamentarians To Also Put The Executive On Its Toes-Ursula Owusu, Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West. This is a wise and timely saying indeed.
Clap for Madam Ursula Owusu, for finally realizing why she is in Parliament. Although this is her first time in the August House, and she is now trying to get to understand the workings of Parliament, regarding the rules of the House, I will, however, like to ask Madam MP, what has been her contribution so far?
The opportunity offered to Ursula to avail herself to the general public, especially her Constituents, who reposed so much confidence in her, was her selection to be a member of the Appointment Committee of Parliament to vet the President’s nominees.
What did we see, she chickened out and join the calls by her party, calling on their Members to boycott the Vetting process, so what is Ursula Owusu saying?
Who constitute the Executive that Madam Ursula Owusu is talking about? The President John Dramani Mahama was elected by Ghanaians of voting age, to represent the 24 Million citizens of this country. By that Authourity the Constitution gives him the powers to constitute his government, which include Ministers of State, Ambassadors, District Chief Executives (DCEs) and Municipal Chief Executives (MCEs) etc, who will form the Executive.
The Constitution also makes it explicitly clear that anytime a President nominates a Minister, he or she is to be vetted by the Appointments Committee of Parliament, which is always made up of Members from all the political parties represented in Parliament, especially the Minority.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has the second biggest representation in Parliament and so was required to be part of the vetting of the Ministers, who were going to help the President steer the affairs of this country.
A defining moment was presented to Ursual owusu to help quiz the men and women who were nominated, so that the country could get the best hands to serve them. Ursula defiantly, without any reasonable justification boycotted that rare opportunity, because her party said so, not her Constituents, who she is representing.
Let assume without admitting that the men and women who were vetted and subsequently given the green light by Parliament, were idiots and not fit for their positions, the country will be the loser at the end of the day, because they don’t have the capacity to deliver.
Knowing how partisan the House always conduct its business, it could safely be concluded that because all the members who constituted the Appointment Committee were MPs of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the appointees were not scrutinized well enough, not all the nagging, important and probing questions were asked. So maybe they had a field day.
To turn round later to come and tell Ghanaians that “We’ve Seen Judicial Authority At Work; Time Up For Parliamentarians To Also Put The Executive On Its Toes”, smacks of hypocrisy and double standard.
Who are you going to quiz and put on their toes, the same people who were presented to you and you chose not to be part of their vetting? Ursula must come again.
This attitude where our leaders think they can eat their cake and have it must stop. This country is bigger than one individual or political party. It is our collective interest that should inform all the people we elect to go and represent us in Parliament. By merely admitting what we all know and that is the Legislature checkmating the Executive on air is not the way to build a great and prosperous nation.
Ursula Owusu has not only disappointed her Constituents, but all of us, who are only interested in the forward march of this country. The least she could do to alleviate and mitigate our anger is for her to be magnanimous enough to accept the fact that she was wrong, for boycotting the vetting. That would be a sign of maturity, and for Ghanaians to finally accept the fact that she is now ready for her Parliamentary duties.
Nothing short of this is politics as usual.
If not, no matter who is in government, if the losing party feels they were cheated in the election, and decide to boycott vetting, as well as the Inauguration as the NPP did, all we will be left with leaders who could best be describe as square pegs in round holes running government business.
The last time I heard, Ursula Owusu and the petitioners, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumiah and Jake Otanka Obetsebi, as well as members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) are so confident of winning the election petition, currently awaiting the ruling from the nine Justices of the Supreme Court, is Ursula Owusu giving up already and trusting that John Dramani Mahama and the NDC will be in power till 2016, when we will have another election.
Or is Ursula Owusu talking about the Executive, made up of Nana Addo as President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumiah as Vice-President and herself as a possible Minister or John Dramani Mahama and his government?
It is becoming increasingly clear that Ursula Owusu has no faith in the NPP winning the court case. Her utterances betray her conviction. The party has invested so much in this court case and the likes of Ursula who were supposed to throw their weight behind the petitioners are running away.
Congratulations on your marriage, although belated. I wish this feat will have a lasting effect on the way you do politics. Late President John Evans Atta Mills, will have been happy to see one of his loose cannon friends who insulted him, whiles he was alive calmed by marriage.