Majority Leader rejects Mugabe tag; prefers McCain or Kennedy

Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu does not like to be referred to as a ‘Mugabe’ in politics. He recalls how the Speaker of Parliament, Reverend Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, had said that description is not a befitting one for good lawmakers. “If we want good examples of democratic leaders, perhaps, Mugabe, with respect to him, may not be one of the best to be cited,” he stated on TV3’s Hot Issues over the weekend. Osei Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu has been the Member of Parliament for Suame Constituency since 1997. He is the only surviving Fourth Republican New Patriotic Party (NPP) lawmaker. He has been referred as to the Mugabe of Suame, a description given due to the late Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe’s long stay in power. But the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs says he prefers a John McCain or John Kennedy instead. “They pursued the path of democracy and that is what we should learn. “We should not tag people with adjectives and characterisations that are pregnant with inuendos. I am not too sure that is good enough.” For him, if an MP stays for long and has no relevance he should be shown the exit by his party but not when he commands a wealth of experience. By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana ]]>

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