This hodgepodge of shenanigans must stop.
It is totally out-of-place for people who contribute their taxes to national development not be in the know of how much MPs, who are called to SERVE Ghana, are paid (in terms of their exgratia) although their salary plus other remuneration per month is pegged at (a contentious) GHC 22000. How much exactly MPs earn as exgratia is closely gaurded, perhaps more than state secret, and only raises suspicion.
It is therefore right for any …(well-meaning) citizen to ask the following questions, if not raise more than is postulated below:
1. How much exgratia is paid to an individual MP?
2.On what bases was the said amount arrived at?
3. Was there any committee report on which the exgratia was based? If so, a copy of the report highlighting the circumstances for which the unknown amount was arrived at must be made public.
4. Is the exgratia continually paid to even those who retain their seats in parliament? If so, why? and
5. Can’t legislators, who almost always, find a fault with a particular budget request as overbloated, not have compassion on Ghana?
We can only have speculative answers to these questions for which it seems MPs can be more united in not giving the public information. It will therefore be apparent for the legislators to come out and clear the air on this issue.
Just as we were able to create a trend for plagiarism to be broadcasted in foreign media, it would be in line for us, the citizens, more importantly the media, to herald another campaign for legislators to disclose this information to the public. It is then we would know whether favour is being done us or Mother Ghana is just a lactating mother with juicy breast milk being sucked up by self-interested persons.
As Martin Niemöller once said: First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
OccupyGhana, please we need a Red Friday in demonstration against this daylight ‘legitimate robbery’ and ‘confident suffocation’ of the public purse filled with the sweat and tears of the ordinary Ghanaian.