Political parties determine parliamentary leadership, not MPs – Inusah Fuseini

Former National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP)

for Tamale Central, Inusah Fuseini, has said that the national executives of the party did no wrong in replacing the leadership of their parliamentarians.

According to him, the NDC national executives are not mandated to consult their Members of Parliament before choosing their leadership.

Speaking in a JoyNews interview monitored by GhanaWeb, on Tuesday (January 24), Inusah said that he was an MP for a decade and at no point did the party’s leadership consult them before changing their leaders.

He added that the outgoing minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu, was chosen by the party to be the minority leader without any consultation.

“I have been in parliament long enough to say on authority that not at any point was the minority leadership of parliament or the majority leadership of parliament selected by the Members of Parliament or in the selection process those members consulted.

“I went to parliament in 2006, so I met the current Speaker (of Parliament), who was doing his second term as the minority leader. I was there when we won election 2008 and tell me which Members of Parliament were consulted before the front beach of the majority was chosen.

“Or which Member of Parliament was consulted before the front beach of the minority then, the NPP, was chosen. I was in Parliament when we lost the election in 2016 and form the minority in 2017… no minority Member of Parliament was consulted when Haruna Iddrusi’s team was chosen as the leadership of the minority in Parliament,” he said.

He also said that the national executives of the NDC are not mandated by the party’s constitution to consult their MPs when making decisions on their leadership.

He added that the Standing Orders of the Parliament do not state that MPs must take part in choosing their leadership.

Inusah Fuseini, a former Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, noted that even though he is surprised by the replacement of Haruna Iddrisu, he supports the party’s decision.

Inusah Fuseini’s remarks come after some members of the NDC, including his successor, the current MP for Tamale Central, Ibrahim Murtala Muhammed, criticised the party’s national executive for changing their parliamentary leadership without consulting MPs.

According to Murtala, the party cannot choose the parliamentary leadership without consulting them.

“Someone should tell some of the national executives that, they cannot choose our parliamentary leadership without consulting the caucus,” he wrote on Facebook.

The NDC leadership has appointed the former Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, as the minority leader in the 8th Parliament of Ghana’s Fourth Republic.

According to the NDC, Kofi Armah Buah, MP for Ellembele, will take over as the Deputy Minority leader.

While Kwame Governs Agbodza, MP for Abaklu, he will replace Asawase MP Muntaka Mohammed as the Chief Whip.

Ahmed Ibrahim, MP for Banda, has been maintained as the First Deputy Minority Whip, while Comfort Doyo Cudjoe-Ghansah, MP for Ada, is the Second Deputy Minority Whip.

This was contained in a letter to the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, from the National Democratic Congress dated January 23, 2023.

Source: Ghana Web

Minority Leadership: We consulted John Mahama, others – Fifi Kwetey clarifies

The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Fifi Fiavi Kwetey, has explained that in deciding to change the leadership of the party in parliament, they consulted the former president, John Dramani Mahama.

Describing it as an apt decision that would inure to the long-term benefits of the NDC party, Fifi Kwetey said that contrary to claims that some key persons were not consulted over the decision, they actually did.

According to a report by myjoyonline.com, the NDC General Secretary explained that John Mahama was informed and he is aware of why there was the need to make those changes.

“This decision was taken after wide consultation. If you look at the apex leadership of the party, that consultation was done. In terms of parliamentary, the group that is widely consulted, that consultation has been done.”

“What needed to be done about this reshuffling was done and the people duly consulted. All the key leaders have been consulted. The former President, Mahama was consulted and his views were duly reflected. The new and old leaders were informed and consulted,” he said.

In a release signed by Fifi Fiavi Kwetey on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, it stated the new changes that had been made to the leadership of the Minority in parliament.

Replacing Haruna Iddrisu, who has been Minority Leader since 2017, the NDC named Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, while Mohmammed-Mubarak Muntaka, who was the Minority Chief Whip, has been replaced by Kwame Governs Agbodza.

Emmanual Armah Kofi Buah will now be the new Deputy Minority Leader, replacing James Klutse Avedzi.

Source: Ghana Web

You must put your best foot forward to win the debate – Asiedu Nketiah on Minority reshuffle

The Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, has indicated that reshuffling its leadership in Parliament aligns with the party’s agenda ahead of the 2024 elections.

According to him, the 2024 elections will basically be around the economy therefore there is a need for the party to put finance and economic experts around the people to ensure they are able to the community to Ghanaians to do things better.

He added that the party made the right decision with regard to the new leadership, as the party must put its best foot forward to win the elections.

“The 2024 election is going to be fought around the economy, so the debate is basically going to be about the economy. So, if you are a serious party fighting to win an election, you must put your best foot forward to win the debate.”

“You can’t just tell people that the economy is in shambles when you have not been able to put your experts there to be able to communicate to Ghanaians how you will do things better. So, this is the point where we need our finance and economic people around, and that is why we put them there,” Citinewsroom quoted Asiedu Nketiah.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has announced changes in its leadership in Parliament.

According to the party, the decision is in the ultimate interest of the party.

In line with prioritising the economy, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, who is a former deputy minister for finance, has taken over from Haruna Iddrisu as the new minority leader. Ellembelle MP, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, will replace James Klutse Avedzi as Deputy Minority Leader.

Kwame Agbodza becomes the Chief Whip for the opposition side and will be deputised by Banda MP Ahmed Ibrahim and Ada legislator Comfort Doyo Ghansah, respectively.

Source: Ghana Web

Black Stars trophy drought: Kwasi Appiah reveals how Ghana can win AFCON

Former Black Stars coach, James Kwasi Appiah has given tips on how Ghana’s senior national team can end its 40-year trophy drought.

Since the Black Stars’ last AFCON victory in 1982, the trophy has eluded the team in three finals, Ghana’s next chance at wining it will be at AFCON 2024, which will mean a 42 year wait to win a fifth trophy.

Speaking on the subject, Kwasi Appiah who had captained the Black Stars and coached the team twice, pointed to the need for a proper developmental and succession plan to be able to put together a team that can win trophies.

“I believe we must have a succession plan for the Black Stars and not only think of getting immediate results always.

“For instance, considering the pool of players we have in the team now, there is the need to build a strong first team for tournaments and also have a second strong team as a backup for the future.

“That is the succession plan I’m talking about. We must have a development plan to build a strong and winsome Black Stars team for the future,” he added in an interview on Peace FM.

As a coach, Kwasi Appiah also failed to win the AFCON after finishing 4th in the 2013 AFCON and exiting the 2019 edition in Egypt at the knockout stage.

He is now hoping to coach the team for the third time after submitting his application to be appointed as the successor to Otto Addo.

Source: Ghana Web

Minority leadership change: Kiss Tamale South, Ketu North, Asawase seats goodbye – Ahiagbah to NDC

The governing New Patriotic Party’s Director of Communications Richard Ahiagbah has said the NDC will likely lose its seats in the Tamale South, Ketu North and Asawase constituencies come 2024.

Mr Ahiagbah’s comments come on the back of the recent changes in the leadership of the main opposition National Democratic Congress’s (NDC) Parliamentary caucus.

According to the NPP’s Communication Director, these changes will affect the NDC’s vote in the constituencies of its former caucus leaders in parliament.

In a tweet, Wednesday, January 25, 2023, Mr Ahiagbah said: “The NDC should kiss the Tamale South, Ketu North, and Asawase seats, and the 2024 Presidential elections goodbye.”

The NPP Communicator added: “The NDC preaches virtue and practices vice.”

The NDC announced the leadership change on Tuesday.

A letter to the Speaker of Parliament to that effect signed by General Secretary Fifi Kwetey announced Dr Cassiel Ato Forson as the new Minority Leader.

He is to be assisted by Mr Emmanual Armah Kofi Buah as Deputy Minority Leader.

This means Mr James Klutse Avedzi, the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, is no longer the Deputy Minority Leader.

The statement named a new Minority Whip in the person of Mr Kwame Agbodza who replaces Muntaka Mubarak.

The First Deputy Whip remains Mr Ibrahim Ahmed and the Second Deputy Whip remains Comfort Doyoe Ghansah.

The statement said the “new leadership would be charged to recommend consequential changes in the Ranking membership to the headquarters of the party for approval.”

But Constituents of the Tamale Central area, on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, massed up at the NDC office in the Northern Regional capital of Tamale to protest the removal of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale Central, Haruna Iddrisu, from his position as the leader of the Minority in Parliament.

The constituents are calling on the National Executive Committee (NEC) to rescind its decision to change Mr Iddrisu as the minority leader.

The constituents claim if the party fails to rescind its decision, they will advise themselves.

Meanwhile, Dr Cassiel Ato Forson is the “best” economist the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has to lead economic debates in parliament, thus, his selection as the next minority leader, the Chairman of the biggest opposition party has said.

According to Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the 2024 polls will be centred on the economy, energy and infrastructure, thus, the need to put the party’s best men in those sectors in strategic leadership positions in parliament.

Explaining the reasoning that went into the changes, Mr Nketia told the media in an interview that it is part of the party’s reorganisation process ahead of the 2024 polls.

“We started re-organisation of our structures to be able to position ourselves to fight election 2024. We started more than a year ago. We started at the branch level. We have since done elections in about 40,000 branches and then from there we proceeded to the constituency level. We are done largely with all the constituencies. We have done regional elections and we just completed our national election, and the next is to look at our leadership in parliament. That is what we have just done,” he noted.

In terms of the timing, he said: “It’s in line with the way we are prosecuting the national reorganization. In terms of why? What it tells you is that the only constant thing is change,” adding: “Since the environment is changing, leadership must change along.” Explaining what he meant by ‘environment’, he said: “We know, for instance, that going into election 2024, the economy is going to be the major battleground and, so, many of the debates will focus on the economy. So, you better put your best man in the economy forward. That is what we have done”.

“We also looked at energy. You know the petroleum and electricity challenges, so, we needed to settle on Kofi Armah Buah, our former minister to be the Deputy Minority Leader.

“The other area is infrastructure; Kwame Agbodza being our man in infrastructure should play a key role. That, generally, is what informed the changes,” Mr Nketia pointed out.

Source: Ghana Web

Tanzanian club Simba SC in talks to appoint Kwasi Appiah – Report

Tanzanian giants, Simba SC are reportedly in talks with James Kwasi Appiah to become their technical director.

According to reports by Oyerapa FM, talks are in the advanced stage as Simba hopes to land the services of the former Black Stars coach.

The report further indicates that the Sudanese FA is also in talks with the ex-Black Stars player to assume the role of head coach for the Sudanese national team.

Kwasi Appiah has had a spell in Sudan where he led Khartoum National Club for three years, from 2014-2017.

The former Black Stars manager is currently unattached after his contract as Black Stars trainer run out in 2020.

Meanwhile, Kwasi Appiah has applied for the vacant Black Stars role in hope of a third stint with the West African powerhouse.

Source: Ghana Web

Jawula’s contribution to football is immeasurable – Nana Fitz on late GFA chairman

Veteran football administrator, Nana Fitz has eulogized the late Chairman of the Ghana Football Association, Lepowura Mohammed Nuru-Deen Jawula as one whose contribution to football is immeasurable.

M.N.D Jawula died at the age of 73 in the United States of America on Saturday, January 21, 2023, after battling a short illness.

Reacting to the death of the late GFA Chairman, Nana Fitz told GhanaWeb Sports that he was shocked about the passing of his friend.

According to him, the former Walewale DCE was someone whose contribution to Ghana football can never be overlooked.

“When I heard the news I didn’t want to believe it. I met Jawula because of football and his contribution to Ghana football you cannot measure it,” Nana Fitz told GhanaWeb Sports.

He added, “the man was firm, he knew what he wanted and at least he was trying to change the whole system with the help of FIFA. If you know Jawula, we should tap into his knowledge.

“He had a sense of humour, when I’m hot and I call him, he beats me down to earth and may God be with him,” the former football administrator said.

Lepowura M.N.D Jawula served as the Chairman of the GFA from 1997- 2001.

Source: Ghana Web

I introduced about 40 players to the team – Kwasi Appiah on his Black Stars legacy

Former Ghana coach, James Kwasi Appiah has opened up on why he believes he is the best person to replace Otto Addo as the next Black Stars coach.

The role became vacant on December 2, 2022, after Otto Addo resigned following Ghana’s elimination from the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Kwasi Appiah according to reports will be competing with over 60 coaches who have applied for the job but the former Ghana captain insists he is the best candidate.

“The last time we checked I had introduced about 40 players to the Black Stars in recent times.

“These are the players who are carrying the team and holding the Ghana flag now and I believe we must have a succession plan for the Black Stars and not only think of getting immediate results always,” Appiah, who led Ghana to the 2014 World Cup told Graphic Sports.

James Kwasi Appiah, a former captain of the team, has had two stints with the Black Stars (2012-2014 and 2017-2020) and was the first black coach to qualify Ghana for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

Source: Ghana Web