You shouldn't consider yourself as a member of Parliament if, when you are not there, the Parliament can not go on. If you are a leader and you have that thinking, that desire that everything should be around me, then you are not a good leader. A good leader is the one who in his absence, the system will still work
By Our Reporter
The second Deputy Speaker of the Ghanian Parliament, Hon Andrew Asiamah Amoako has advised African leaders to desist from strongman politics and create institutions that benefit the common interests of their citizens.
Addressing a delegation of Ugandan and Zimbabwean parliamentarians at his chambers in Accra, Ghana, Andrew revealed that most of Africa’s political challenges begin with leaders who consider themselves very vital.
“Whether you are a parliamentarian or a president, you shouldn’t place yourself as indispensable. If you are a leader and consider yourself as indispensable, that is where the problems begin for the country.
You shouldn’t consider yourself as a member of Parliament if, when you are not there, the Parliament can not go on. If you are a leader and you have that thinking, that desire that everything should be around me, then you are not a good leader. A good leader is the one who in his absence, the system will still work,” Andrew said
He also urged politicians to always opt for peaceful transition of power.
“So let’s have this at the back of our mind that whether we are member of Parliament whether we are executive, whether we are president, these people who have made you the member of Parliament at any point in time they feel like kicking you, allow that and step away. That is the only way you can have the peace.” He added
The leader of Opposition in Uganda’s Parliament, Mathias Mpuuga who is leading Uganda’s delegation in Ghana coincided with Andrew on the matter of indispensability and longevity in power being the major setbacks in the transformation of Africa’s economy.
“Indispensability and a culture of artificial longevity has enabled our politics and disabled our capacity to transition in our economies and our politics is probably the biggest setback in Africa.
Why we come here particularly is because we consider Ghana as having abled to make a formidable durable transition. I was here four years ago and interacted with political actors and I can say with that contradiction that the commitment I saw then probably didn’t show up in your last election that you are able to balance between country and politics and that’s a big difference and I very sure between Kampala and Accra, we are dealing with a different set of problems. You probably are dealing on how to make people’s lives better because you’ve handled the basics of politics.
The way your house of Parliament is structured is testimony to the maturity of your democracy, not that you have reached full maturity but there is a whole lot of promise on how you are doing your politics,” Mathias said.