Government appointees using indisciplined means to oust MPs, creating friction within party – NPP’s Andy Appiah-Kubi bemoans

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Concerns raised over alleged use of undisciplined means by government appointees to oust MPs: Ghana News

Member of for Asante-Akim North, , has expressed concerns about a growing trend where government appointees are allegedly using undisciplined means to oust MPs with whom they are supposed to collaborate.

Appiah-Kubi emphasized the collaborative nature that should exist between MPs and executives, highlighting that appointments, including the selection of CEOs, are intended to facilitate cooperation for the equitable distribution of power.

The concerns arise in the aftermath of the arrest and subsequent release of (NEIP) Chief Executive, Kofi Ofosu Nkansah, over accusations of using public funds to support personal parliamentary aspirations.

Speaking on JoyNews's Newsfile, the Asante-Akim North MP expressed worry that appointees, particularly CEOs, have become more resourceful than MPs while having fewer responsibilities.

He suggested that some CEOs have access to resources that they use to benefit constituents, bypassing MPs in the process.

According to Appiah-Kubi, appointees may attempt to replace MPs by leveraging opportunities to rally support and convey to constituents that the MPs are ineffective in serving their interests.

He cited instances where CEOs nominate individuals for various roles without the MPs' knowledge, potentially creating friction within political parties.

“They [CEOs] meet [during] monthly meetings, so they become very close friends. So that CEO from your constituency will also nominate somebody to his friend [for example], the CEO who is meeting him every month, and then they will put in Asante Akim North ‘Kwasi Mensah'.

Meanwhile, the MP doesn't know ‘Kwasi Mensah', it is his friend, another CEO who has brought ‘Kwasi Mensah'… The CEO will come back and tell the constituents that Appiah-Kubi who is your MP cannot do this.

I, who is the CEO, have done this and therefore I will serve you better than if I was selected,” he explained.

The MP warned that if not addressed, such conflicts could become perpetual and hinder the effective functioning of political parties and governance. “I see this whole indiscipline is within the government and the parties.

We must tackle it. Otherwise, there will be perpetual conflict every year, every year when we have elections,” he added.

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