Parliament will be tough for NPP – Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu

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Ex-Majority Leader in Parliament and MP-elect for Suame, Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu says the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) will have a pretty tough time in the next Parliament due to the loss of numerous seats.

According to him, it is sad and unfortunate that some of the party’s best, knowledgeable, and experienced legislators are not returning to the House.

At least 28 incumbent NPP MPs lost their parliamentary seats in Monday’s elections.

Speaking on an Accra radio station Thursday, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu stated that one area that the NPP has lost heavily, which he finds worrying is on the Finance Committee of Parliament.

“In Parliament, we do a lot of work on finance, agreements, loans and the preparation of budget etc. One person we’ve lost in the NPP which I find very unfortunate is Dr. Assibey Yeboah who was the Chairman of Parliament’s Finance Committee.

“He lost at the NPP primaries – do we have a good replacement – Someone we had in mind to fill that void was Prof. Gyan Baffour who is also hugely knowledgeable and experienced in Finance matters but he also lost the Wenchi seat and so he’s not coming back to Parliament,” he lamented.

According to him, another person who could have stepped in is the former MP for Asikuma Odobeng Brakwa, Effah Baafi who also lost at the primaries, saying that the way things are now  “seriously with the NPP fold in Parliament on the Finance side, we’ve lost.”

The former Majority Leader thinks NPP need to have a re-construct of the finance committee of Parliament to ensure efficiency.

He added: “In terms of legislation, which is one of the core functions of Parliament, one person who in my absence helped a lot due to his knowledge was the MP for Offinso South Ben Abdallah Banda who also lost during the NPP primaries.”

The veteran MP thinks that going forward, the party needs to reorganize, re-strategize and reposition itself in Parliament so they could be effective, particularly in the face of the near balance in numbers between majority and minority.

“Truth be told, from the initial stages the NPP will have things tough in Parliament, but who knows, a star may emerge among our current set of MPs, except that in Parliament, regardless of your potential, a first-timer can’t be made a Committee Chairman because he or she will have to learn the procedures to make him effective and efficient. But nonetheless, we have a new Parliament and we must make the best out of what we have,” he said,

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