Kufuor Should Come Again…Second Chamber To Parliament Is Not Convincing – Kwaku Baako Jnr.

The Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper has stated that President Kufour has not been convincing enough on the call for a second chamber to Parliament as it exist in the United Kingdom.

Speaking as a panelist on Metro TV’s ‘Good Morning Ghana’ show, Kwaku Baako Jnr., was of the view that Ghana had gone past that debate and any call in that regard at this time in our democratic history should be convincing enough.

“…I don’t think that we need a second chamber. We have done that debate over and over. I know Mr. Kufour’s position on that, he even prefers the Westminster approach and he made a very strong case for it sometime ago. And some of us were against it when he was president”.

However, the onetime Journalist of the year maintains; “I still stand where I stand. I don’t think it is convincing. What is it that had gone wrong, so that we need a second chamber? We may say the Council of State has not been as effective as we would wish it to be but we can live with that, instead of creating another source of political authority that could start a rivalry with Parliament. It could take serious constitutional re engineering, where dividing powers and authorities and other things”.

Kwaku Baako made this submission in reaction to a call by former President Kufour for the creation of another chamber to help modulate the decision of the lower House.

According to the former President, “I believe in a second Chamber which is made up of equal representation of regions and also plus major identifiable groups; say religious groups, traditional authority…of course the constitution should be arranged in such a way that the House of the people, that is the lower House will not will not be given a free reign too easily to impose the majority rule.”

Nonetheless, the Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper opined that a coordination of the regional and National House of Chiefs and the Council of State, in order to blend the modern trends and tradition are certainly not a second chamber.

“I am not convinced. Let them bring further and better particulars and support this proposition,” Mr. Baako said satirically.


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Kufuor Should Come Again…Second Chamber To Parliament Is Not Convincing – Kwaku Baako Jnr.

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