Former Techiman South Member of Parliament Agyei Mensah revealed that parliament and business in the house are based on relationships, personal interests, gains, and business interests.
He claimed that some MPs from the two major parties work together to conduct business in the House that is contrary to the interests of the party they represent.
The former MP explained to Kwabena Agyapong on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that the bond between MPs goes beyond their political divide, and that even in critical situations, these MPs will rely on the relationships they have built over the years.
He was reacting to the approval of President Akufo-Addo’s ministerial nominees and the decision by some NDC MPs to break ranks and approve the ministers despite the party’s directive.
The former MP stated that “what happened should not be surprising because what happens in the House transcends party affiliations.”
He stated that the truth is that the relationship goes beyond partisanship. It goes beyond a party and a level of business interest. Some MPs from other parties work together to conduct business, which can take precedence over the interests of their party.
Let us not be too harsh on our legislators. What happens in parliament is more than what we see and hear. Maybe you could have done worse if you were in Parliament. I am saddened by what has occurred, but I am not surprised.”
Mr. Agyei Mensah emphasised that what goes on beyond these issues is not surprising. Some may be having an affair and conducting serious business together, and one of them is appointed as Minister, and you instruct them not to approve the person? That isn’t possible. It’s unfortunate, but that’s what’s going on. If we don’t change our system, it will continue to exist and never change.”