Hon. Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak, the Minority Chief Whip has asked the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu to put more efforts in uniting the 8th Parliament.
He is of the view that the current Parliament will perform well for Ghanaians if members work together irrespective of their political affiliations.
He admits the Majority Leader works hard but needs to consult more as Leader of the House and as Sector Minister.
He stated: “I have heard him say, ‘I have been more consultative than any other leader in this house but, unfortunately, i disagree with him. If you propose something to me and I give my view but you disagree with it and still do what you want to do, I don’t think that’s consulting, that is informing because you have made up your mind and are not ready to change it and that is my biggest problem.”
He continued: “With the kind of Parliament that we have, it is my hope that he will find a way to reflect and manage this other party. I don’t expect you to be an angel but if you manage to just encourage and take all of us along, even though we are neck-to-neck then I’m sure we will be able to do a lot of things to make this parliament unique and great and be able to deliver our mandate to the admiration of all Ghanaians.”
Currently, the make-up of the 8th Parliament is evenly split between the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Party (NDC) i.e 137 apiece with an Independent Candidate formally writing to do business with the NPP thereby making them the Majority Group as declared by the Speaker.
It is quite clear collaboration between the two parties is critical in conducting business due to the current characteristics of the 8th Parliament.