June 6, 2020

As Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) advocates for thirty percent women representation in the worlds Legislature advocated by Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu at forum organised by his Ministry with leadership of Committees, the Chairman of the Local Government Committee, Ken Ohene Agyapong has said thirty percent women imposition should not be forced on Ghana since it would not work.

“IPU can advocate for thirty percent women representation and the fact that they have taken a decision on it does not mean Ghana would follow we are a sovereign nation, and Ghana has an open system as it is not preventing any woman from contesting for a political office”.

Again, he pointed out if a woman does want to go for a political office you cannot force the person and added that instead of advocating for imposition of women they should rather be encouraged.

Mr. Agyapong further pointed out that all over the world politics is rough and dirty so when most women venture into it and notice that its rough they do not have the courage to contest, and noted he does not disagree with women contesting, “it is a free range”.

In a related development, he lamented over the relationship between the Executive and the Legislature in the country and describe it as “social distancing, the gap is wide” adding that MPs do not get an opportunity to interact with the Executive.

“We do not go to cabinet, the Ministers go, the only time you see a Minister is when he or she comes to the House to do business on the floor, and the President when he comes to give state of the Nation Address”.

He added that Ministers when they are through with their business on the floor, they take their files and go away.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com