There is murmuring and discontent within the corridors of parliament and the reason is not far to seek. Speaker of Parliament Right Honorable Alban Sumana Bagbin is said to have taken the unilateral decision of hiring a new Marshall, against established practices.
Reliable sources say that a serving military officer has suddenly appeared in parliament to assume the position of parliament’s top policeman, and it is leading to discontent, because the new person has been hired without recourse to known practices. The position of Marshall is normally reserved for retired military officers of the grade of Colonel.
per background checks, several leading officials in parliament said that they had also heard of the news from the grapevine of the nation’s legislative body, but had not been officially communicated to.
Sources at parliament available to WWW.ENEWSGHANA.COM indicates that the practice has been that whenever the position of Marshall of Parliament becomes vacant, an advertisement is placed in the national dailies.
“We place an advertisement, do a shortlisting, and conduct an interview,” the source said.
The source further explained that the interview panel is normally composed of the Majority and Minority Leaders, the 1st and 2nd Deputy Speakers, and the Clerk to the Table, as well as a Deputy Minister of Defense because the Marshall is expected to be a retired soldier.
The sources stated that to create a backlog of experienced Marshalls, the outgoing Marshall, was given two comparatively younger persons to act as his Deputies.
“This is so that one of them can comfortably step into the shoes of the outgoing Marshall,” the sources said.
They said that contrary to these expectations, a serving soldier has suddenly appeared in the corridors of parliament claiming to have been hired as Marshall.
“He would begin his services on 26th May, 2021,” the source said.
The Marshall of Parliament leads and manages the strategic operations of the Office of the Marshal and develops and maintains standards for the effective functioning of the Parliament and Office of the Parliament to ensure optimal benefit to the Presiding Officers, Members of Parliament, staff and the general public. The incumbent presides over the critical functions of: strategic parliamentary operations, security management, protocol management, facilities management, health and safety management, constituency operations management and general parliamentary services. He reports to the Clerk of the House.