Majority leader, the Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has taken a dig at coalitions and Civil Society Groups (CSOs) campaigning for the passage of the Right to Information Bill (RTI), arguing there are more fundamental issues that should concern Ghanaians and Parliament.
According to him, the House has been considering the Spousal Rights Bill, which is very critical but people are overly concerned about the RTI Bill.
He said, Everything today is RTI and yet the Spousal Rights Bill is of critical importance to spouses and even to the survival of spouses who might have been left behind by other spouses including children.
I am not saying the passage of the RTI is not important, it is. But in my considered opinion much more fundamental to the existence of communities as a society is the Spousal Rights Bill, which the Constitution mandates us to pass.
How long are we going to miss it because we have not done so and now everybody is talking about RTI Bill?
Mr. Speaker, lets do what is right first and I believe when we do so, other political rights will fall into place in due time.
The Majority leader expressed these sentiments while contributing to a statement on women participation and representation in Parliament read by member for Mfantseman Constituency, the Hon. Ekow Hayford.
According to Hon. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, Article 22 of the 1992 Constitution is a very critical provision and provides that a spouse shall not be deprived of her reasonable provision out of the estate of a spouse whether or not the spouse died having made a will.
He noted that this Article also ensures in Clauses 2 and 3 that spouses have equal access to properties jointly acquired during marriage.
Mr. Speaker, this is a fundamental thing.
Nobody is talking about that. Everybody is talking about RTI.
The Interstate Succession Law is a fundamental issue that should concern Ghanaians.
He argued that Article 17 (2) and (3) of the Constitution talk about persons not being discriminated against on grounds of gender but at several workplaces there is discrimination going on but people do not talk about that.
Why is everybody talking about Parliament?
The Constitution is clear that nobody should be discriminated against at the workplace. So why are people talking about Parliament and not other workplaces, he questioned?