Political activist, Okatakyie Afrifa Mensah has argued that Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has lost his credibility for allowing himself to be used by some appointees of President Akufo Addo. Mr. Afrifa Mensah explained that the Vice President in opposition was highly respected and regarded in the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and in the Ghanaian political space.
According to him, the Vice President has literally been made a ‘poodle’ of the President and thus granted some appointees to manipulate him when issues of political backlash are hauled by the opposition against the government. Okatakyie Afrifa Mensah explained that Dr. Bawumia is not to be blamed, adding that there is nothing left of the government for him to do given the constitutional lapses in Ghana’s 1992 constitution.
He argued that the title as given to the Vice President as ‘Head of Economic Management’ is fictitious and only meant to compensate for the redundancy that he might face in his office.
“To be honest, because there is nothing for the Vice President, Dr. Bawumia has lost his integrity and relevance. In 2016, Dr. Bawumia was famous and respected but today he has been made a poodle of Akufo Addo’s boys. They are pushing him to respond to everything thrown against the government. Don’t blame him. It’s because there is no work for him,” he said on Abranaa So on TV XYZ today.
Throwing more light on what had accounted for this, Okatakyie Afrifa Mensah said the amendment of Ghana’s constitution in 1996 took away some powers the Vice President originally had in the 1992 Constitution. He stated emphatically that Article 201 of the 1992 Constitution made the Vice President the Chair of the Police Council, The Prison Council and the Armed Forces Council.
However, he added that late President Rawlings’ feud with the Vice, Kow Nkesen Arkaah, caused those powers to be taken off from the Vice President in 1996 with the amended provisions in the 1992 Constitution. Okatakyie Afrifa Mensah stressed that such has been the fate of all vice Presidents since then, and that would persist until the constitution is changed.
“The original 1992 gave recognition to the Vice president made him Article 201 made him the Chairman of the Police Council, Prison Council, and the Armed Forces Council but due to the feud that ensued between Ex-president Jerry John Rawlings and his vice Kow Nkesen Arkaah, these powers were taken off with the amended constitution in 1996.”
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