Demands on MPs: Outdoorings, church harvests, weddings, funerals and school fees, the bane of MP’s in Ghana-Kwesi Pratt

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Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr. Has blamed the poor work of Members of Parliament in the country to the insatiable demands usually heaped on them by their constituents.

According to him, the pressure that is exerted and brought to bear on the country’s legislators account for their inability to function effectively by way of passing good laws for the country.

‘’The Member of Parliament that you exert so much pressure on, demanding uncountable things from him or her, how will he get the resources to feed well and be strong to prosecute their mandate of passing good laws for the country?’’ he quizzed.

Mr. Pratt who was contributing to a radio discussion programme on a local radio station in Accra and monitored by continued ‘’among the tall list of requests and obligations on the MP’s are outdoorings, church harvest, school fees, funerals and so on. So the MP that you’re asking to pay you ward’s school fees, and all that, how can he feed well and be strong to works efficiently and effectively so they can pass good laws for the country to develop? The Minister how much is his pay? Maybe 10 thousand Ghana cedis and you asking him to set up a business for you or buy a car for you which price is more than his salary, what are you asking him to go and do? You’re encouraging him to go and steal the taxpayers’ money, and after stealing, the same people will turn around and ridicule the MP or Minister.’’

The angry Mr. Pratt concluded ‘’ so what it means is that when you become a an MP or a Minister, it means you have to pay the school fees of all the folks that voted for you, pay their medical bills, build houses for everyone, buy cars for them and get everyone employed and where are you going to get the money from?.




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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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