The Deputy Organiser of the National Democratic Congress(NDC), Chief Biney has tied the knot with New Patriotic Party’s Madam Afia Akoto , the Deputy Chief Executive of Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC).
The colour traditional marriage ceremony was attended by family and friends and it was all joy.
Recall that pre-wedding photo of the newest couple popped up a few days ago and many were stunned that the members of the fiercely contested political parties got married regardless of their political affiliation.
Well, the marriage is a blessing to both but presents some ethical issues to many political observers. Both belong to opposing political traditions that every four years engage in one of the hottest electoral contests in Africa. Sadly, some people lose their lives as a result. This is no marriage between Convention People’s Party (CPP) and NDC or New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the People’s National Convention (PNC).
These equations would have posed minimal challenges. So is the Deputy National Organiser able to sit in a future NDC cabinet meeting and convince all and sundry that whatever happens in Las Vegas will remain in Las Vegas? The marriage covenant is such that communication between spouses is protected by evidential privilege. One cannot question what is divulged and discussed in bed.
So an official ministerial or cabinet oath of office will be rendered meaningless by the privileges enjoyed by spouses such that nobody can hold our Deputy National Organiser accountable should there be an issue of leakage of cabinet information.
Some have sought to excuse it. Nobody should have a problem to the extent that it is a celebration of two love birds. But to excuse a union between to high ranking opposing party officials while they continue to hold on to their sensitive positions is stretching the argument.