The constitution has placed so much power in the hands of the President, that has made him unresponsive to the needs of the citizens – Prof. Agyeman-Duah

According to Professor Baffour Agyeman-Duah, Chief Executive Officer of The John A. Kufuor Foundation, the President is insensitive to the needs of the populace because of the broad powers granted to him by the constitution.

He claims that as long as changes aren’t made to the way the executive branch and the general public relate to power, calls for the President’s ministerial appointees to be shuffled will be ineffective.

Prof. Agyeman-Duah stated on JoyNews’ PM Express that given the tremendous outcry from the public urging the President to promptly reshuffle his ministers, he should follow these pleas and allow political efficacy to triumph.

“In our democracy when a lot of people are raising their voices for that then I think political efficacy should prevail. But having said that …reshuffling by itself will not make any difference besides having the competent people to rule. But in the present situation we should also be looking at how we cut down expenditures. That is very important.

“But again the problem is that the constitution permits the President to create ministries at will. After all, the constitution says 19, but beyond that the President can go as far as 120 as we saw not too long ago. So it brings into focus the real need for reforms that will restructure the power relations between executives and citizens,” he said.

He pointed out that the imperial presidency established by the constitution makes it challenging for citizens to communicate their requirements to the president.

“So from the governance perspective, I have a problem with the way we have structured our governance and the way somehow we have even created an imperial presidency for ourselves,” he said.

He added, “There is a popular saying by somebody I know very well, he says that our constitution gives too much power for a good President to need but for a bad President to have. So if you have a President who is not willing to be responsive, there’s nothing much we can do about that.

“So in terms of reshuffling, simply put, by itself it won’t make any difference, but in our present crisis I think what we have to be looking at is how we expand this whole concept of reshuffling to the size of governance because we are talking about economic difficulties here.”

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