One of Ghana’s finest, experienced, longest and respected legislators from Suame in the Ashante Region, Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu says he will bow out of active Politics in 2014.
He says that he would take a bow from parliamentary representation and does not expect any intervention from any quarter or destiny. The honorable MP for Suame who is the majority leader in the current parliament and also the minister of parliamentary affairs disclosed this in a Thank God Is Friday TV Programme hosted by Kweku Sintim Missah
“Kwaku I nearly bowed out in 2016 as a result of pressure from my wife who felt I have had enough and I must leave the kitchen because the heat was too much. I nearly acquiesced but I was prevailed upon by the current president who advised me not to leave him and the party in the lurch”. “The president pleaded with me to reconsider my decision because he would need me to hold parliament together to anchor his presidency. I therefore struck a deal that envisaged a duty outside parliament but the president thought otherwise and decided to elevate me”.
The revered MP indicated that President Nana Addo said that his absence in parliament would create a big vacuum in NPP so he must fill that gap and therefore he had no choice but to oblige for the sake of NPP, the president and Ghana.
“Parliament is a place to learn but unfortunately some MP’s just pass through parliament but parliament does not pass through them. I made up my mind to learn the legislative work from people like J.H Mensah and others, that is why I have reached this stage. I will give credit to Dr. Addo Kuffor and other MPs like Paapa Owusu Ankoma, Mohammed Muntaka, Harun Iddrisu current minority leader, etc. for their good work in parliament”.
The Honorable minister and majority leader lamented over a trend in Ghana where some people feel that nobody; should monopolize a particular seat forever. This according to him is unfortunate because in some countries some MP’s have been maintained over forty years and still in parliament. “Parliament is like wine, the longer you keep it, the better and stronger it becomes. Take someone like ASK Bagbin, he is a living asset for Ghana’s democracy; you can’t just throw away such people on the basis of substitution. Ghana needs people like these to sustain the democratic process”.
The erudite and eloquent law maker came to parliament in 1997 on the ticket of NPP at Suame in the Ashante Region.
He has served his constituency for twenty-two years. 2024 would have earned him 28 years as the longest serving MP in NPP. He was the minority from 2008 to 2016.
He is noted for his command over the English Language, immaculate dressing and healthy debate on the floor of parliament.