Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has been carrying himself as a monkey on the back of President Akufo-Addo with his constant accusations of profligacy and exaggerated stories as regards the President’s trips and how much they cost the state.
He goes on the internet, searches for luxurious aircrafts, downloads them, splashes them on social media with captions which would make one believe that they represent the very private jets the President has been using on his trips.
As though that was not enough, the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, was under the weather, travelled to the US of A for medical attention with his own money. Ablakwa and his friends spent a whale of time telling Ghanaians that Ken Ofori-Atta was using the taxpayers’ monies for his medical expenses.
The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, is on a trip to UAE, Dubai to be precise for medical purposes. Per his status, the state must bear the costs if he is ill and seeking medical attention.
The contentious issue is that Bagbin has spent US$600,000 on two trips for his medical treatment. As strange as it may appear, these extravagant expenditures have failed to attract the eagle eyes of Ablakwa and his team of fault-finders.
This US$ 600,000 translates into 3,690,000.00 Ghanaian Cedis, a huge sum of money just for his medical expenses. The propriety of this is in doubt as the nature of his ailment would not warrant such a huge sum of cash from taxpayers.
The strange thing, it is worth repeating, is why Ablakwa and his partners in crime have remained quiet over this worrying development. Or this is a classic case of four legs good, two legs bad (George Orwell’s Animal Farm)?
In effect, this show of ‘we care so much about Ghanaians and the public purse’ by these NDC guys is a mere façade. It is all about the politics of it. Bagbin is NDC and, therefore, they would never raise eyebrows about his prodigality. Hypocrites!
P.K.Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.