Afia Pokua alias Vim Lady, the host of Critical Issues on United Television had just taken a swipe at the Bono Regional Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the two parliamentarians of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Rockson Nelson Dafeamekpor, and Dr. Clement Apaak for taking legal actions against the Attorney General over the approval of emoluments for Presidential Spouses. According to her these people have no moral rights to go to the court to challenge the recommendations of the Prof Ntiamoa-Boadu Committee, in the sense that they are beneficiaries of 'wasteful' expenditures of government.
Vim Lady stressed that the country had wallowed in debts and impoverishment due to the payment of overbloared ex-gratia and salaries paid parliamentarians, ministers and presidential staffers for ages all becuase of the selfishness of political actors from both the NPP and the NDC. She recounted that none of the parliamentarians had ever spoken against the upward adjustments of ex-gratias and other benefits paid them "knowing surely that there are serious deprivation in their various constituencies that could be addressed with those monies."
On Critical Issues this morning, Vim Lady argued that the recommendations on allowances payable to the First and Second Ladies of the Republic need no political actors to debate, adding that such rights must be reserved for the ordinary citizens. She jabbed Abronye, as being hypocrical of the situation.
She reminded Abronye of the 'lawless' confiscation of properties by the NPP when they took over from the NDC in 2017.
"When you were confiscating cars from people, we told you that you don't have any mandate to do that. Today see where you live now. Today grounds are very terrible. People are hungry. You now feeling the heat?
"When the NDC were in power you made allegations of extortion and excess spending. The two of you have no moral rights to go to court on anybody's salary. Leave that to the citizenry. We have the right to question that decision at the court ...because we dont take any ex-gratia," Vim Lady exclaimed in her introductory remark for the show.
Two legal actions have been taken to challenge the recommendation of the committee and it's approval by parliament. The main argument as raised by the plaintiffs/petitioners is that the beneficiaries; First and Second Ladies, are not captured under Article 71.of the 1992 constitution as proposed.
Per the formula as proposed by the committee, it is estimated that payment should be accrued from 2017. This runs into millions of Ghana cedis and thus raised eyebrows given the current economic distress faced by the country.
In the coming week, the legal tussle between the petitioners and the state will help clarify issues, at least one action that Abronye seeks is the drafting of a bill from to accommodate such recommendations given that the current state of the law does not support it.
But for Afia Pokua, the entire Article 71 of the 1992 constitution must be expunged, arguing that it confers unjustified benefits to the beneficiaries.
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