Agyarko flays critics of MPs’ car loan

Mr Agyarko

Mr Agyarko

Member of Parliament (MP) for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko has hit back at critics of MPs’ car loan, stating the judiciary and the executive arms of government are not important than Parliament.

 

He has thus asked persons who have been criticising Parliament over car loans for MPs to cease, as in his view, it constituted denigration of the Legislative House.

On the back of the death of a 70-year-old man who needed emergency medical care but was rejected by seven major hospitals in Accra on grounds of ‘no beds’, some have been questioning the priority of government.

Some critics have questioned why various governments have been spending on MPs and their officials while our health system and other sectors requiring urgent attention have been relegated to the background.

They have reignited the MP’s car loan issue, which generated headlines last year and condemned government for its lack of priorities.

Last year, Parliament was reported to be considering the approval of a 22.5 million-dollar loan facility for the purchase of vehicles for all the 275 MPs in the country.

Each MP was expected to receive about 80,000 dollars to be repaid within four years.

In a Facebook post, a law professor, Henry Kwasi Prempeh, questioned the constitutionality of parliament in using its powers to approve private loans for its members to procure vehicles for official duties.

Parliament, he pointed out did not have the power to approve private loan facilities between any individual, regardless of his or her employment or employer, and a private lender.

But commenting on the post, Mr. Agyarko said “this denigration of Parliament as an arm of government must stop”.

He averred that the executive and the judiciary which are the other arms of government as part of their conditions of service are supplied vehicles at no cost to them but wondered why in the case of parliamentarians they are made to take loans.

“Parliamentarians as another arm of government have to take out loans to procure vehicles for official use,” he indicated, adding, “I submit that one arm of government cannot be more important than another.”

Mr. Agyarko thus stressed: “It is time we stop treating parliament as the whipping boy of our democratic enterprise.

“Democracy is expensive and if the people are not willing to fund it, then the nation should shut down the institutions that it does not want,” he lamented. -3news.com

 

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