General News of Thursday, 13 July 2017
The Minority Chief Whip Muntaka Mubarak has said Haruna Iddrisu has performed creditably so far as the Minority leader.
Mr. Iddrisu was nominated and accepted by the Minority as their leader in seventh parliament of the Fourth Republic.
He was proposed by the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Asiedu Nketia in a meeting with the party’s legislators. He is being deputized by MP for Ketu North, James Klutse Avedzi.
The Tamale South MP, according to Mr. Mubarak since his nomination has performed beyond expectation.
Speaking Wednesday July 12, 2017 on Starr Chat with Bola Ray, he said in reply to a direct question regarding the performance of Mr. Iddrisu that: “When [Haruna Iddrisu] was coming…one of our major concerns was that will he be able to sit and work? But, believe me he has proven all of us wrong.”
According to him, after working closely with Mr. Iddrisu as his whip, he will award him eight on the scale of 1-10.
“I want to believe that if you do a rough sampling within the caucus of 106 members, I want to believe that all of us will admit that he is doing more than we expected,” said Mr. Mubarak.
The Asawase legislator said among other things that the country’s lawmaking chamber is weak due to extreme partisanship and that if care is not taken “we risk having a democracy that will be useless.”
For Ghana’s parliament to meet international standard, he said it is incumbent on legislators from both sides of the House to be nationalistic in their attitude.
“We have a very huge responsibility as a country to be able to grow our democracy beyond elections” he said, warning “If we don’t get those two things fixed our democracy will just be reduced to mere elections.”
He further noted that he was not surprised when the Ghanaian parliament was ranked second to none in Africa by a research published in 2015 because “it is simply because…there is too much partisanship in parliament.”