Parliament’s Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu has described the imminent departure of Joseph Yieleh Chireh and Inusah Fuseini from Parliament as a monumental loss to him and the House, describing it as his “deepest regret”.
Inusah Fuseini, the Tamale Central MP opted not to contest in the National Democratic Congress primary whilst Yieleh Chireh, the Wa West MP, lost in the primaries his seat.
Commenting on the imminent loss of the two after 2020 on the Citi Breakfast Show, he said he could not “afford to be without the rich input of” two of his most experienced caucus members.
Mr. Iddrisu said Inusah Fuseini, who has been in Parliament since April 2006, was “one of the most brilliant lawmakers” when it comes to this legislation.
He further hailed Yieleh Chireh, who has been in Parliament since 2005, as his “quiet advisor when it comes to legislation and matters of the constitution of Bills.”
The Minority leader maintained that there was always a place for old heads in Parliament, as the House will also be bidding farewell to Ghana’s longest-serving MP, Alban Bagbin.
“Parliamentary work is about experience, therefore, this argument in the country that… there must be a terminal end [for MPs] is not the way to grow our democracy and it is not the way to make Parliament stronger.”
Legislative work is “enriched by experience in constitutional jurisprudence, the practice of law-making and others,” he added.
The changes notwithstanding, Mr. Iddrisu said he was happy with the potential changes in the NDC side of Parliament.
“One can understand that soverignty resides in the people and the people decide. I am very very satisfied with the quality of candidates who have emerged on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress across the country.”