Parliament might have approved the controversial Twenty-eight million dollars ($28million) car loan for parliamentarians after huge protest from the Ghanaian community.
It had since the announcement by the Finance Minister been a subject for which critics have had to analyze and as usual criticize the government and parliament for engaging in ‘needless’ expenditure and borrowing spree.
It was re-echoed by the North Tongu Parliamentarian, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa who felt such financial arrangement must be discouraged given that it could overwhelm the public debt. But his colleague Tamale Central, Ibrahim Murtala Mohammed disagreed and described him as hypocrite.
Well, you might have thought this would end there but the media is yet to take its pound of flesh from the North Tongu MP. Host of Critical Issues on United Television, Afia Pokuaa, alias Vim Lady vent his anger and disappointment at Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa as being liable for the numerous ‘wasteful’ decisions taken by parliament over the past years.
He referenced that such argument by the MP is hypocritical in the sense that he had been a beneficial of all other benefits specified in Article 71 of the 1992 constitution, a legal provision which ought to have been reviewed years ago “when he was and still is in parliament”.
He challenged Mr. Ablakwa to prove he’s being responsible and real with his campaign by returning all cars that were procured by state resources for him since he entered parliament.
Afia Pokua remarked that the North Tongu legislator has no morel right to comment on a subject as that given that he is not ‘clean’.
“Returns yours before you speak against it. Such hypocrisy. You cannot be a beneficial and speak against ex-gratia. This is what I have argued since,” she stated.
She noted that despite the outcry by the citizenry and the confusion that broke in parliament over this loan arrangement sought by the Finance Minister, it had been approved. She insisted that such dispositions is what is causing the financial sustainability of the country.
For Vim Lady, these parliamentarians especially the old ones should be ashamed of themselves for having entertained these loans despite their earlier oppositions.