The relationship between the executive and legislature is at it’s worse than it has ever been, so much so that the speaker of parliament has thought it necessary to remind the head of the executive arm of Government, that is President Akuffo Addo that when it comes to power, power lies in parliament as he as the speaker of parliament can have the president removed from office whereas the president has no such power to remove the speaker of parliament from office.
He made these comments at the post-budget forum organized in Ho in the Volta Region of Ghana. He added that parliament has long been doing the bidding of the executive, passing laws and approving budgets which only favour the executive and enhance their strength.
“This year, all the laws we have been passing are laws we passed to benefit the executive, even we forget about Parliament in the language we use, this is self-inflicted; it is not a deficiency in the constitution, it’s a deficiency in Parliament itself. We must correct it,” he said.
He took the opportunity to remind MPs that they have the power to function independently and for that matter they should not succumb to the powers of the executive.
“Let me reemphasize that the 8th Parliament is properly positioned not to allow itself to be bullied into playing second fiddle to the executive. Parliament can remove His Excellency the President; His Excellency cannot do that to Parliament. As Speaker, His Excellency cannot remove me, but I can through Parliament get him [President] removed,” he stated.
His comments come after a section of the minority have accused the executive arm of Government of continuously undermining the power of parliament and that of the speaker.