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"Do You Want Them To Walk?" -Lawyer Reacts To $28m MPs Car Loan Agreement

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There is mostly two sides of everything. Whiles other may support a motion, there might be others who would oppose or reject the particular motion.

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta is said to have submitted to Ghana's Parliament a $28 million loan agreement for approval pending Finance Committee consideration. This loan agreement is to be given to the 275 MPs of the 8th Parliament as car loans. This move by the government did not seem to have gone down well with Ghanaians as many have expressed concerns over the loan agreement. MP for Okaikwei , Hon. Patrick Yaw Boamah has even told the public that he would have told his colleague MPs to reject the facility to avoid public bashing if he had his way.

Popular journalist and lawyer Sammy Darko. Mr. Darko has equally expressed concerns over issues raised by many on the need for MPs to be given car loans. Mr. Darko said he does not understand why issues always arise whenever cars are to be purchased for members of the Legislature but such issues do not rise when cars are to be bought for members of the Executive or Judiciary. He explained that cars, both saloon and land cruisers are bought for ministers, judges and justices and CEOs but no issues have been raised concerning these.

He added that parliamentarians have been able to defend the need for them to have cars. The duties of MPs involve travelling back and forth on some bad roads within the country and this makes cars indispensable to them. Have the Executive and Judiciary been able to do so?

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