Former Chief of Staff under erstwhile President Kuffour’s administration, Kwadwo Mpiani has opined that Ghana’s does not the need the office of the vice president in its governance structure.
According to the Mr. Mpiani, although the 1992 Constitution spells the roles and responsibilities of the vice president, his/her power is very scanty making the office very needless.
He rather wants a Prime Minster who will be appointed by the President to serve as head of government business.
“The vice president’s role is stated clearly in the constitution. In practice you have to follow that but the president may add other duties. Acting in the stead of the president so, maybe, your hope is for the president to die for you to take over then you have real power otherwise you don’t really have power,” the former chief of staff said in an interview monitored by ABC News.
“Any power you have depends on what the president wants you to do but unfortunately for our vice presidents, some of the powers given to them in the constitution, Jerry Rawlings took them away like being the Chairman of the Police Council or being the Chairman of Defense Council because of his problems with the late Kow Nkensen Arkaah who was the Vice President, he asked parliament to take all of it away?”
Based on these explanations, he concluded that “Well, personally I think we may not need it. It is not useless but what is the real power of a vice president ? In America they have real powers for him. Maybe we may have some Prime Minister position.”