In a Fb submit, the legislator said the President obviously exceeded his powers in generating the announcement.
Mr. Ablakwa, who is a Rating Member on Parliament’s International Affairs Committee, stated the visa waiver agreement need to initially be ratified by Parliament prior to it normally takes effect.
According to him, related visa waiver agreements are at the moment heading as a result of the motions in Parliament.
He stated President Akufo-Addo spoke as if the “Ghanaian Parliament is a mere rubber stamp ready to do his bidding by ratifying what ever settlement is offered to the Home.”
“…these kinds of perform affronts constitutionalism and fails to current market the attractiveness of Ghanaian democracy in the international arena,” the North Tongu MP lamented.
He further more described the President’s posture as “inappropriate, unconstitutional and in fact undermining of Parliament and the Judiciary for that make any difference, for our President to converse on the worldwide phase in ways that advise he is possibly usurping the authority of Parliament.”
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We are all the wiser for each the Supreme Court’s interpretation of Write-up 75 (2) of the 1992 Structure in the Gitmo 2 case.
The apex court docket supplied clarity in the immediate case that all global agreements Must be submitted to Parliament for ratification just before they could come into influence.
So I am curious why is President Akufo-Addo assuring the Jamaicans and of program Ghanaians that his negotiated visa waiver settlement with his Jamaican counterpart will occur into result from July 1st 2019 (some 12 times from right now)? Does the President have that authority to so pronounce?
Regardless of all the controversial issues others have elevated, my fundamental contention as Ranking Member on Parliament’s Overseas Affairs Committee is that this Ghana-Jamaica Mutual Visa Waiver Arrangement are not able to occur into influence without Parliamentary ratification.
It is as a result most inappropriate, unconstitutional and certainly undermining of Parliament and the Judiciary for that matter, for our President to communicate on the intercontinental stage in techniques that propose he is both usurping the authority of Parliament or that the Ghanaian Parliament is a mere rubber stamp completely ready to do his bidding by ratifying whatsoever settlement is presented to the Home, that is, if even the President intends to comply with Posting 75 (2) in the 1st put.
I would not have taken problem with the President if he experienced explained expressly that the Mutual Visa Waiver Arrangement will arrive into influence matter to Parliamentary ratification and if he experienced refrained from timelines considering that Parliament is NOT and Cannot be an extension of his office. With all owing regard, this kind of perform affronts constitutionalism and fails to sector the elegance of Ghanaian democracy in the international arena.
Most likely, it is value reminding His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that very similar Mutual Waiver of Visa Agreements for Diplomatic and Services Passport holders with the Republics of Colombia, Hungary, India and Chile signed quite a few months in the past – some less than His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, are continue to heading through the motions in Parliament as web site 11 of the Agenda for the Second Meeting of Parliament Commencing Tuesday, 28th Might, 2019 reveals.
Extensive stay Ghana-Jamaica relations!
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa
MP, North Tongu
Rating Member, Parliament’s Committee on International Affairs.