The Member of Parliament (MP) for Asawase, Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, has added his voice to the numerous calls demanding a review of Ghana’s 1992 constitution.
According to him, the constitution has not helped the country to develop the way it ought to have developed.
The former Minority Chief Whip believes the 1992 Constitution literally helps in the election of dictators as Presidents.
Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, June 20, the lawmaker insisted that the constitution offers the President too much power in the discharge of his duties.
“I have always said with the greatest respect that the 1992 Constitution only helps us to elect a dictator because if you look at the Constitution, all it does is create a monster president who is a superhuman and does almost everything and a lot of checks have to be corrected in the current constitution,” he said.
Mr Muntaka was contributing to an issue that was raised by the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu about the delegation of a Vice President as the acting President in the absence of the President.
Unimpressed with the discussions, Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka called for the implementation of the recommendations by the Constitutional Amendment Commission to address such concerns.
“I keep asking what is preventing us from implementing the recommendations of the Constitutional Amendment Commission because since 2013, we have virtually iced it, yet a lot of work has been done and it is just left with the implementation and we have left it hanging.”
“Are we anticipating another amendment seeing that the work the Committee did is very extensive?”he quizzed.
“We all know that in a presidential system, checks and balances must exist, but that is a system that has been very difficult for us to do for the past 30 years,” he added.