I was once headbutted by my MCE – NPP MP

The tussle between Members of Parliament of opposition parties and heads of districts and municipalities in which they find their constituencies will continue to haunt the country’s local government until a lasting solution is found.

Municipal or District Chief Executives (M/DCEs) are appointed by the government in power as per the current regulation though calls are rife for a change to get them undergo election.

Even in constituencies where the MP has his or her party in government, tension rises to high levels because perception is that M/DCEs eye the positions of the MPs, usually challenging them in primaries.

The situation got to a head in the Effutu Municipality after an incumbent MP was headbutted in the office of the MCE for demanding funds to help constituents.

Narrating the incident on TV3, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, MP for Effutu Constituency in the Central Region, said he had reports that the MCE had received the district assembly’s common fund but was not ready to disburse it.

He said he went to the DCE’s office to get the money to buy some gadgets to aid constituents in their work.

He said the DCE threatened to beat him if he didn’t leave his office.

“He then headbutted me in his office,” Mr Afenyo-Markin revealed.

“If I had punched him, he would have fallen and I would have been in prison,” he added, saying the DCE was a sexagenarian when the incident occurred.

“I quickly let it go.”

He asked for a change in Ghana’s local government bye-laws so that MPs can have a way of helping constituents, without recourse to MMDAs.



Nana Addo was watching a Man City match when results of Dec. 7 Elections were declared – NPP MP

New Patriotic Party’s Member of Parliament (MP) for Effutu Constituency Alexander Afenyo-Markin has revealed that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his party’s flagbearer in the 2012 Elections, requested to watch an English Premier League match involving Manchester City on the night results of the Elections were about to be declared by Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan.

He said Nana Addo was pivotal in restraining some hardliner party supporters from causing mayhem on the streets in December, 2012, when reports went round that Dr Afari-Gyan was to declare results in favour of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Mr Afenyo-Markin was speaking on TV3’s Headlines on Saturday, April 20, 2013 when he made this disclosure.

He noted Nana Addo has already expressed his commitment to abide by the verdict of the Supreme Court.

The Effutu MP revealed that after the declaration of 2012 Election results, Nana Addo requested party members to provide evidence before he went ahead with that decision to challenge the results.

“When he [Nana Addo] was told to challenge the results, he asked ‘Where is the evidence?’”

Mr Afenyo-Markin was hopeful the NPP will win the suit in court but cautioned party members to be calm in case verdict is passed against them.

“Then we have to prepare to take over in 2016.”



Justice Kpegah may be suffering from ‘old age disease’ – NPP MP

New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Berekum East Constituency Dr Kwabena Twum-Nuamah says Justice Francis Kpegah, who recently sued NPP’s Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the courts for impersonation, may be suffering from senile dementia.

Senile dementia is a disease that affects people in their old age.

According to Dr Twum-Nuamah, Justice Kpegah’s age may be having a toll on him.

He, therefore, advised that the former Supreme Court judge, who acted as Chief Justice at a point in time, would have to be “seen” by a doctor.

The Berekum East MP was speaking on TV3’s weekend news analysis programme Headlines on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

“Nana Addo has been visible in this country for God knows how many years now, and for someone to say he is not a lawyer, the person needs to be gotten closer to,” the medical practitioner said.

He noted it is not the Supreme Court which even determines who is a lawyer.

“It is the General Legal Council that determines who is a lawyer,” he added.

Comic relief

National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Cape Coast South Constituency George Kwaku Rickett-Hagan described Justice Kpegah’s suit as “nonsense”, adding it may be to lighten the political tension in the country.

“He [Nana Addo] is a lawyer. I think it is mischievous. It is just to lighten the political atmosphere,” he said.

According to him, the issue has come up before and has been clarified, so he saw no need for the country to give it time.



Four days to debate 2013 budget unfair to Ghanaians – NPP MP

Member of Parliament (MP) for Atwima Mponua Isaac Kwame Asiamah has questioned the duration for which government’s budget statement for 2013 will be debated in Parliament.

According to him, it is unfair for the House to take only four days to debate the 2013 financial policy, “whose preparations from the Ministry of Finance to the Cabinet level takes about seven months,” he said on the floor of Parliament on Friday, March 8, 2013.

“It’s an ongoing process and it comes to this House, where we are supposed to provide proper scrutiny to ensure that our oversight is enhanced, we are going to use four days. I don’t think it is fair to this House and fair to Ghanaians,” Hon Asiamah poured out.

Minister for Government Business in Parliament and Majority Leader Benjamin Kunbuor, however, disagreed with the New Patriotic Party’s MP saying without recourse to the debate, the budget will be approved.

“What has been presented to this House is the financial policy of the government of Ghana. You can only agree or disagree. Those are the two options that you have but what will remain constant is that it will remain a financial policy for which a motion will be moved and adopted.”

The scrutiny will come when sector committees present reports, he added.

Finance Minister Seth Terkper delivered the 2013 budget statement in Parliament on Tuesday but as stipulated by the Standing Orders of the House, debate can only be done three days after delivery.

It is scheduled to be debated on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.

Already, the Minority has described it as a “Budget to Nowhere” with the Minority Leader Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu indicating the preparedness of the Minority to debate the budget “even today”.