Grounds are almost fertile for our speculative minds to settle as facts, the allegations made by Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, that the President used a flamboyant and one of the most luxurious aircraft in the world to embark on his recent trip to Europe and South Africa. This is due to the delay in providing answers to the allegations - two weeks after it was made.
Furthermore, there was an attempt by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) majority in Parliament to stop a question files by the MP from being admitted by the Speaker of the house. For such a public accountability question, it should have received support from all the parties in the interest of transparency and good governance.
These two circumstances, alone, depicts much to the open-minded watcher. The government is either not, till now, armed with the requisite propaganda answers, which can effectively parry the damning allegations away, or it is confused on how to rationalise the situation.
Having a President fly in such an alleged luxury at the expense of the taxpayer, coupled with the fact that, the nation has a Presidential private jet, is an unforgivable sin.
The delay in providing clarity on basic facts, such as whether the President really travelled on the expensive aircraft, a yes or no answer on whether the Presidential jet was in good working condition or not, etc. is compounding the woes of the leadership.
Just like the legal maxim of 'justice delayed, is justice denied', information delayed is truth denied. The longer the government keeps mute on the matter, the easier it will be for it to conceal the truth.
We must all exert the necessary pressure on the government to, as a matter of right of information to the citizens, give a full disclosure on the alleged extravagant and opulence use of the country's meagre resources.
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