- He says governments tend to waste their first two years in power.
- The evangelist has asked for a 6-year term for political parties.
Rev. Dr. Lawrence Tetteh does not think the four year term given to presidents is enough. The founder of the World Miracle Outreach is among a number of prominent individuals preaching this point of view.
This comes in the wake of Kwadaso MP, Dr. Kwadwo Nuamah's calls for the presidential termto be extended. Dr Tetteh believes four years is too little a time for a president to implement developmental policies.
Speaking to GhanaWeb, Dr Tetteh explained:
“My biggest challenge is that the four-year span for the leadership is not enough. This is Ghana. This is Africa. This is not Europe where we have all the systems and everything in place that there is continuity”.
The evangelist was specific in suggesting that a six year term was enough for any given party in power. He believed that such an amount of time would better suit the Ghanaian system of partisan politics.
For him, the problem had to do with the constant change of staff at different levels of government. He mentioned that things were unlike that in Europe or the US.
“When government changes hand in Europe, in America or in Asia, the staff in the ministries do not change hands. The staff at the presidency do not change hands, the staff at the prime minister’s office do not change hands. Staff at the Parliament do not change hands. But in this part of the world we live in, everything changes. So let us give our leadership six years at least to be able to formulate, settle down and put things together”.
In his submission, he mentioned that parties that gain power in our part of the world tend to "waste" the first two years in constituting the administration. For him the third year is only for campaigning while everything is rushed in the fourth.
Dr. Tetteh is known as both an outspoken and a controversial religious leader. His suggestion on presidential term limits might yet be another of his pronouncements that will generate debate.
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