Referendum: You must as well campaign for return to monarchy – Ras Mubarak jabs ‘NO’ campaigners
Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak, is not walking the path of the party on the December 17 Referendum, contrary to direct orders.
The candid MP is backing the ‘YES’ campaign in the referendum that seeks to introduce partisanship in local government election.
Ras Mubarak says the arguments against the amendment of Article 55(3) of the 1992 Constitution are weak and unacceptable.
In an interview on Okay FM, monitored by The Ghana Report, Ras Mubarak said, those campaigning for a ‘NO’ vote must as well campaign for the comeback of monarchy
According to him, local government related activities are stronger in countries like the United Kingdom because they created the space for politicians to get involved in local level election.
‘In countries like the United Kingdom, the councils are very strong because you won’t even be voted for if you stand as an independent candidate for an election and that has strengthened local governance in the UK and places where they have created the space for politicians to sponsor local level elections,’ he argued.
One of the fears some ‘No’ campaigners and the NDC have is “introducing partisan politics to the assemblies would bring the unpleasantness of party politics to the assemblies.”
They argue that introduction of politics into local governance system will only extend the divisiveness and dirty politics at the top to the local level.
But the Kumbungu MP, who will not be on the NDC ticket in 2020 ,says it is about time stakeholders stopped playing the ostrich and attacked the problem from its root.
‘Let us stop playing the ostrich and fix the problem at the top.Let us have the political will to fix the problem at the top so it doesn’t permeate below but you can’t say that…
‘Then you must as well argue that we go back to monarchy because clearly, the argument is that fundamentally there is something wrong with our politics.’
‘… and I am saying nothing is wrong with it, politics needs a bit of honesty, courage in doing what is right in the national interest,’ he said in Twi.
Meanwhile, a former Deputy Minister for Employment in the Mahama administration, Baba Jamal, has asked for strict punishment for Ras Mubarak, for going against party orders.