Well, without Ghana, they wouldn’t be anything like NDC and NPP. In fact, at the time of independence, there was Ghana without these parties in their present forms and Ghana may surely outlive them.
One major concern that has emerged over and over again is who Parliamentarians represent in the August House; their parties, themselves, their constituents, or other interests? Who does an independent MP who doesn’t belong to a party represent?
These questions boil down to who is an MP’s constituents and do they actually represent their theoretically or constitutionally defined constituents?
And, most importantly, what the relationship between the interests of the constituents MPs represent with the collective interest of the nation?
These aren’t supposed to be very difficult to answer because without the mother constituency called Ghana the sub-constituencies are useless as aforementioned in my opening paragraph.
Thus for an MP to say that he represents his party above the nation is uniformed to be charitable. Because even when it comes to his party there are sub-constituencies with distinct needs and challenges.
For instance, in the NDC, the Ningo Prampram Constituency is an entity on its own with distinct needs and challenges from Damongo Constituency of the Savanna Region, and it’s the people of Ningo Prampram of NDC that voted for Sam George, not NDC has as a whole so it’s his constituency he’s supposed to place above all in terms of representation, not NDC as a party.
But, when it comes to ultimate interest in Parliament, all constituencies are supposed to be tied to the collective interest of the nation from which, they derive their constituency relevance.
If you place your party above your country and your party’s interest comes in conflict with the national interest what will you do?
Let not assume that party interest is always in line with national or public interests. Sometimes, parties and national interests run into conflicts. And, it takes wisdom to disentangle oneself from a lower interest to a higher interest which, is the national interest.
For instance, the NDC defamed some Ministers of Government and claimed they aren’t qualified to hold their offices. In whose interest did they do that? Party’s interest or national interest?
Later same people who they claimed were ruining the country were approved by Parliament with their involvement. In whose interest did they approve the appointment of the very people they claimed were ruining the nation? Party’s interest or national interest?
Could the NDC tell us those who didn’t vote and those who voted for these appointees they claimed weren’t fit to occupy their offices?
They shouldn’t confuse themselves more with issues of interest demarcations.
In Parliament, they’ve their own issues. Some NDC MPs think Sam George worked for Ursula Ekuful’s interest. The conflicts between him and Bawa and co in-house weren’t a secret as I an outsider who visited Parliament the day they did the approval heard from MPs.
I can say without an iota of doubt that many if not all of our MPs represent their individual selves than their constituencies. Otherwise, Ken Ofori Atta, Hawa Koomson, Oppong Nkrumah, and others wouldn’t have been approved.
With all that the NDC MPs said about them and the ratings, they gave them during the vetting what made the difference was their personal parochial interest and not any other interest.
In whose interest were the incompetent, mediocre, nation-destroying appointees as they themselves portrayed approved? Their party? Their primary constituency or the mother constituency, Ghana?
If Sam George voted for his party? How come we are now being told the same party for which, Sam George voted against these appointees went into consensus to approve the same people?
It just doesn’t make sense.
The NDC and their MPs betrayed Ghana and their other constituencies. And, they must be punished for that.
From all indications, the next NDC administration may be more corrupt than the one Ghanaians rejected in 2016 and Nana Akufo-Addo’s very corrupt administration.
This is why we must fight for reforms if we intend to progress as a country.