Majority Leader role: Concerns raised over Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu’s resignation process


Dr. Rasheed Draman, the Executive Director of the African Center for Parliamentary Affairs, has voiced apprehension about how the former Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, stepped down from his position.

Talking to Evans Mensah on JoyNews’ PM Express the political analyst expressed concern that the Suame MP might have been compelled to resign, questioning whether this was the most conducive way to encourage individuals to dedicate themselves to public service.

While acknowledging the party’s prerogative to select its leaders in Parliament, Dr Draman emphasised that the governance of the country is a collective responsibility.

Considering Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu’s lengthy commitment to public service as the longest-serving Member of Parliament, Dr Draman found the circumstances surrounding the exit troubling, stating, “I don’t think the end should be a push.”

Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu formally relinquished his role as the leader of the majority caucus in Parliament, sparking rumours about his potential removal to make way for his Deputy, Alexander Afenyo-Markin.

Many speculated that his resignation was necessitated by his new role as the Manifesto Committee Chairman for the NPP’s 2024 election campaign. However, Dr Draman questioned this reasoning, pointing out other Members of Parliament who successfully manage dual roles as Ministers.

Dr. Draman expressed his belief that, whether negotiated or not, a more amicable approach could have been taken to avoid the evident discord surrounding Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu’s departure, drawing parallels to a similar situation in the NDC.

SOURCE: DAILY MAIL GH with additional files from JoyNews

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