Ahmed Ibrahim, the First Deputy Minority Whip, has raised concerns about the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) upcoming primaries and its potential impact on Ghana’s Parliament. The decision of 18 incumbent NPP MPs not to seek re-election raises apprehensions about the loss of institutional memory and expertise, posing a serious challenge for the legislative body.
Drawing parallels with the recent NDC primaries, where 18 MPs were also ousted, Ibrahim expressed worry about the trend of experienced lawmakers leaving Parliament. He specifically highlighted the departure of Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, a seasoned politician mentored by the legendary JH Mensah, as a potential blow to Parliament’s capacity.
“The exit of Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, who was trained by J.H Mensah, is not going to have a positive impact on Parliament. Representation can be replaced, but the institutional memory and capacity of the departing MP cannot be easily replaced,” Ibrahim emphasized. “We invest in you, and then you are thrown out.”
Ibrahim argued that the underutilization of experienced MPs by the government contributes to their decision to leave. Citing examples like Joe Ghartey and Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi, he pointed out their wasted potential and lack of meaningful roles within the government.
“Seniors like Joe Ghartey and Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi are holding zero posts. When experienced MPs feel underutilized, they may choose not to contest again,” Ibrahim stated.
He urged the government to take proactive steps to retain experienced MPs and tap into their expertise. Ibrahim emphasized the importance of recognizing their contributions and offering them roles that effectively utilize their skills and knowledge.