A Parliamentarian(MP) has 3 levels of responsibility – Awotunde Awosika
A former Speaker of the University of Cape Coast Parliamentary Council, Rt. Hon. Awotunde Awosika, on his Facebook page, expatiated on the responsibilities of a Parliamentarian(MP).
He stated that a member of parliament has 3 levels of responsibility (in no particular order of importance):
1. Responsibility towards constituency
2. Responsibility towards Party
3. Responsibility towards Parliament
In the performance of duty, MPs must endeavor to have a fine marriage of the three. In the election of Speaker Bagbin, NPP MPs were accused of ditching the party for personal interest or reasons.
In approving ministerial nominees, the NDC MPs have also been accused of infidelity towards the party, for personal gains.
In all these scenarios, it is all about the party and personal interest. Responsibility towards constituency is far from the conversation.
Let me shock you! In one of Prof Gyampo’s papers, he interviewed 4400 voters/supporters from the constituency of some 44 MPs. The majority of these 4400 think that the MPs are there to represent their demography.
But when Gyampo interviewed their MPs, they all claimed to be representing their party’s ticket and their personal ambitions! Yes! Party and personal ambitions, is it not about the demography they belong to or even their constituencies.
As unfortunate as it is, I believe this largely is a reflection of our MPs and what they do in Parliament. Responsibility towards constituency is the least of their consideration.
It is at best party interest and at worse personal interest. Like the misled 4,400 respondents, we’re not as important as we think. All these fights and brouhaha, it is not about us; the ordinary constituent or youth.
We need some serious reformation. But reformation will not come until the rising of Roaring Reformers.
source: Rt. Hon. awotunde awosika