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A masters degree holder earns less than GHC 2,000, why should I be bothered- Nketia fumes

Many Ghanaians say they are cool with the denial of travel visas to some Members of Parliament (MPs) by the Western countries for the anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQ+) stance they have taken.

A couple of MPs have come out to publicly complain of having been refused travel visas by foreign embassies in Accra to their countries for leading the campaign to criminalize LGBTQI+ activities in Ghana but many, in a chat with some citizens in Kumasi, said they did see why they should lose their heads over the decision - fault anybody for exercising their soft power.

Akwasi Yeboah-Asiama, a second-hand clothes dealer, said Ghanaians were being denied travel visas every day and could not understand why the MPs thought they were a special breed and therefore expected to be treated differently from the people they were representing.

An engineering student, Charles Legbedze, asked that the MPs stopped the pleasure trips abroad and focused on vigorously engaging with their constituents to gauge their real concerns so that they could articulate these on the floor of parliament.

He wants to see the MPs hold town hall meetings (constituency surgeries) with the people, on whose mandate, they are in parliament, like it is done in the United Kingdom (UK).

There was so much pain and anger in the voice of Ernest Nketia, a public sector worker, when he asked, “why should I be bothered”? “A Masters’ degree holder, who joins the public service is put on level 16 on the single spine salary structure. His net salary is less than Ghs2,000. From the same national bowl, a person with the same or lower academic qualification, who finds himself or herself in parliament are paid fat monthly salary, fat allowances and ex-gratia, every four years.

If they decide to travel abroad to blow their cash and they a refused travel visas, why should that be my business – cup of tea, my brother?” Anna Akosua Boakyewaa, a nurse, however, held a different viewpoint from the others. She said if any of the MPs was travelling to perform any official assignment and refused travel visa, then it would be necessary for the leadership of Parliament to take up the matter with the foreign Embassy or Mission concerned, to get things sorted in a more diplomatic way.

The debate on whether to pass an anti-LGBTQI+ Bill before Ghana’s parliament, has generated so much heat and dominated the news headlines and social media space in the West African country.

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