The Ghanaian Media space has recently been flooded with controversial arguments surrounding the payment of emoluments to wives of the current and former Presidents and Vice-Presidents of Ghana.
The key concern has to do with their monthly scheduled salaries worth millions of Ghana Cedis, which automatically make them Article 71 office holders.
This new development, according to many legal and political experts, is in total contradiction with the Supreme Law of the land.
According to Prof. Gyamfo, a renowned Ghanaian political scientist, he and his team of researchers did a very detailed and comprehensive research on the whole chapters of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana. He further disclosed that such report was submitted to the then president of Ghana, late Prof. John Evans Fiifi Atta-Mills, and called for a review of the Constitution.
Attempts were made by him to realize this vision, through a number of legal proceedings (in court), but could not come to being, unfortunately, due to his sudden demise, coupled with change of Government and other hidden factors.
He emphatically described recent action by the politicians as an attempt to chance on the loopholes in the system to benefit themselves.
However, an Angel TV Journalist, Ohemaa Sakyiwaa Ahwenepa, has strongly declared her support for the government for coming up with initiative. She premised her argument on the fact that the these first and second ladies engage in several developmental projects in the country, which demand a lot of resources including financial support.
Hence, if the Government is deciding to support them with monthly salaries, she does not see anything wrong with it. It will even boost their morale and strengthen their capacities to do more for many underprivileged people and communities across the country.
Frances Essiam, the CEO of Ghana Cylinder Manufacturing Company Limited seems to indirectly side with her. However, she is blaming the parliament over its inability to kick strongly against such policy. She argued that parliamentarians are the lawmakers of the land; hence, if they see that certain decisions by the government are not toeing the right direction, they should be in the best position to vote against it. Frances Asiem emphatically declared that because they all directly and indirectly benefit from Article 71, they will not many any attempt to fight against it.
All these indicate that some key personalities have divergent views on what is currently going on in Ghana, under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo.
Following Abronye DC's submission of law suits to the Supreme Court to fight against the government's decision to pay salaries to first and second ladies, Afia Pokuaa, popularly known as Vim Lady has strongly descended on him, during the "Critical Issues" Show on UTV on Saturday, July 10, 2021.
Afia Pokuaa is wondering why the Bono Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) could make such a move against the Government when he is also a beneficiary of Article 71.
She described Abronye's move as a way to convince some Ghanaians that he cares so much about the public purse, but in reality, he is doing hypothetical politics.
Maybe, he is doing that just to gain some popularity or drive people's attention to the fact that he is moving from a partisan politics to servant leadership.