The Majority leader in Parliament, Honourable Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, has lashed out at the minority NDC caucus and said they are good for nothing but frustrating government business.
Speaking in an interview on Otec FM’s afternoon political talk show dubbed ‘Dwaberem’ Monday August 16th, Kyei Mensah Bonsu bemoaned the obstructionist nature of the minority who have no interest in helping cushion the hardships of Ghanaians through fruitful policy discussions.
Mensah-Bonsu opined that they are only interested in making sure the government fails, which is unfortunate as that is not the intention of democratic governance.
He said: “We are ready to build consensus, but our friends in other side want to frustrate the government, and there is demonstrable evidence to show that they have an intention to obstruct the government, democracy is contestation of ideas and not confrontations,”
He added that Ghanaians voted for Members of Parliament to deliberate together on ways forward for the nation and not for one party to be deliberately obstructionist.
The long-time Suame MP reached out to the NDC MP’s in good faith to help government achieve its targets for the betterment of all Ghanaians.
A History of Obstructionism
The NPP government has faced multiple instances of obstruction from the minority NDC in Parliament since the constitution of the 7th Parliament of the 4th Republic.
Parliament is currently constituted by the slimmest of margins due to the razor-thin 138-137 seat majority of the ruling NPP, a slim margin never recorded in Ghanaian history.
This has given the minority more power than it would normally wield which it has promptly used to obstruct government business at every turn.
A simple revenue-raising measure such as the electronic transaction (e) levy took months and wily political moves to pass due to this margin, with the NDC providing zero help in passing a needed revenue raising measure.
In January 2022, the Majority, represented by Effutu MP Alexander Afenyo Markin, went ballistic in a press conference, bemoaning a historic level of obstructionism from the minority NDC caucus.