“I am not NDC and I am not NPP too. I enjoy being in the middle”, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for European Studies of the University of Ghana, Ransford Gyampo has responded to Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu’s allegation of political partisanship.
The Majority leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu reportedly asserted in a media interview that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government critic, Prof. Gyampo is “a die-hard NDC man”.
Prof. Gyampo however notes that the job of a Political Scientist is to scrutinise existing regimes that wield the fiduciary trust of the people to subject them to strict proofs and keep them on their toes. That’s why we offer constructive criticisms against only those in power. These criticisms are without malice and never aimed at making regimes unpopular.
According to Prof. Gyampo, the allegation follows his call for the Majority leader in Parliament to be replaced on the back of his gross incompetence.
Buttressing his call, he said, “Sir, in an attempt to pass the e-levy, you have been unable to mobilize all your 137 plus 1 MPs to give a simple majority support for the proposal. If all 137 plus 1 MPs vote while Speaker Bagbin sits, the e-levy, regardless of the public outcry against it, will pass by a simple majority decision. If you cannot mobilize all your members to support the e-levy, the next strategy will be to court the support of a few members of the NDC, like the NDC successfully did in getting Bagbin elected as Speaker. But this one too, you haven’t been able to do.
He, therefore, holds on to his call to have the MP replaced.
“You cannot continue to lead with the same hawkish tendencies when clearly the current composition of parliament makes the need to change leadership a categorical imperative. Without changes, government business will suffer and the effect will be more felt by we the ordinary people”, part of an open letter to the Majority leader said.
Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini