Monetization and Heightened Competition: Factors Prompting Departure of Parliamentarians, says KNUST Political Historian

The departure of certain parliamentarians has been attributed to the compelling factors of monetization and the anticipation of heightened competition, according to insights shared by political historian,  Professor Samuel Adu Gyamfi from the Department of History and Political Science at KNUST. In an interview on the Teknokrat show on Focus FM with host Emmanuel George Asiedu, Professor Gyamfi delved into the pervasive influence of money in Ghana’s electoral processes, particularly evident in the recently concluded primaries.

He emphasized the need for a national dialogue to address the challenges posed by the monetization of politics. Professor Gyamfi underscored that politics should not be a means of accumulating wealth; rather, its primary objective should be serving the people of Ghana.

He advocated for comprehensive training for newly elected parliamentarians to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge. Additionally, he highlighted the value of learning from experienced parliamentarians who have recently departed, as they possess valuable insights and expertise.

Professor Gyamfi encouraged departing parliamentarians to remain accessible and willing to offer assistance whenever called upon to mitigate disruptions to the legislative agenda. The political historian suggested that departing parliamentarians are evolving, indicating that some may have relinquished their candidature due to the belief that nations thrive on the contributions of youthful and energetic individuals.

He reiterated that stepping aside can be advantageous, especially when opponents may possess greater capabilities or potential for growth. Furthermore, he emphasized the evolving role of money, which has become increasingly entrenched in Ghana’s electoral processes.

Discussing the disinterest among women in participating in politics, Professor Gyamfi highlighted the negative atmosphere surrounding Ghanaian politics as a deterrent for women considering parliamentary and other leadership positions. He also pointed out religious and socio-cultural constraints that hinder women from engaging in national platforms.

Professor Gyamfi stressed the importance of appointing women to positions of authority based on merit, emphasizing the need for genuine suitability in such appointments.