The Senior Vice-president of Imani Africa, Mr Kofi Bentil, is of the view that the political elites of Ghana's fourth republican state have no intentions to serve the 'poor' people of this country but to better themselves and their families.
Speaking on Newsfile on Joy News on Saturday, July 10, Mr Bentil mentioned that though he is in support of the emoluments payable to the presidential and vice presidential spouses and would defend it at any time, he is however against the fact that they would continue to enjoy the allowances and salaries even after their husbands exhume office.
"Sometimes we need to abide by the principles that make certain decisions valid and sound. I believe that the principle behind paying the First and the Second Ladies of the republic is sound and I would defend it at anytime, however, I would not accept or allow the fact that they would be paid even after their husbands or whoever it may be leave office. That principle is not clear," Mr Bentil argued.
“Let us find out the merits of the principle and we find out how do we do this legally and in a way that does not lead to a situation where one day, someone awards themselves a million dollars a month,” he added.
Mr Bentil attributed the opposition to the recommendation by some concerned Ghanaians to the perception that state officials do not have the spirit to serve.
“In this Fourth Republic, the conduct of our leaders, and generally the elite, what we elusively call the political class, they come into office and go. They have constituted a predatory elite and what that means is that we have come to believe these people have no intention to serve. They come into government, they occupy offices to better themselves," he told Samson Lardy Anyenini.
According to Randy Abbey of Good Morning Ghana show on Metro TV, the presidential and vice presidential spouses are already enjoying allowances that are higher than even the salaries of all teachers in Ghana. He therefore advocated for a situation where their duties in office will be officially monitored and their assets periodically declared as done by other public officials.
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