The first Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu, also known as Joewise, has said that the young lawmakers have assumed the positions of the house’s leaders.
He claimed that the back benchers are now responsible for bringing up matters on the floor rather than the leaders.
He said that these backbenchers are typically contentious, which makes decision-making in the house so tough, while speaking to journalists in parliament, which was being covered by 1Family Radio.
“Today, young people are in control; they look at things differently from the rest of us. Even when their leaders agree to do it, it is always people from the back bench who come to raise these issues, not the leaders,’’ he said.
“What it means is that indeed, at this time in the parliament of Ghana, leaders don’t have control; the back bench has control.’’
“So the number of backbenchers and the orientation of the backbench you will bring in could determine what you get,’’ he added.
In addition, he urged Ghanaians not to vote for a hung parliament in the general elections of 2024. He claims that the current hung parliament has created numerous problems for the house in terms of cooperation.
“Let me also say that Ghanaians should give each side what they decide to give the majority, a large majority.’’
“When parliament was this close, I predicted that cooperation would improve; however, I was wrong; cooperation has deteriorated, bringing out the worst in each of us, and performance has suffered as a result,” he said.