Majority leader and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, has asked Ghanaians to see politicians as individuals who seek to make returns on their campaign investments and not as persons who are responsible for giving out free things.
According to him, the biggest problem within the Ghanaian political system is a situation where constituents decide to overly rely on legislators for their basic needs.
Recent reports conducted by some institutions showed that majority of sitting Members of Parliament risk losing their seats because they failed to visit or deliver on the promises for which they were voted into office.
But, the Suame Member of Parliament argued that such findings may be skewed because their constituents have been on their neck making all manner of outrageous demands.
Speaking on Citi TV's The Point of View show, he indicated that it was very impossible for politicians to ignore earning back the resources they may have committed prior to being elected, they could also not be exploited in the name of politics.
“People come with their problems and make all kinds of demands. They will not come because they want to seek information; it is the provision of one resource or the other. So there are real problems we must be dealing with.
I have always insisted that, if you want to milk the politician, you should remember that he is not into politics as a Father Christmas. He wants to recoup his investments. This is all over given the circumstances of how members get elected. So people should know that and these are matters that should concern us,” he said.
The Majority Leader in Parliament has justified plans for the construction of a proposed 450-seater capacity parliamentary chamber believd to cost not more than $200 million, despite strong criticisms and fierce opposition.
Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu explained that the current chamber made it extremely difficult for most Members of Parliament to get the attention of the Speaker when they want to contribute to discussions on the Floor of the House.
According to him, some of the MPs sat behind the pillars of the chamber hence making it difficult to attract the Speaker’s attention.
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