The founder and leader of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP), Madam Akua Donkor, has threatened to place an injunction on the recently announced salary increment for parliamentarians.
The salaries of Members of Parliament (MPs) are set to increase from Ghc3,000 per month to Ghc 7,200 following the recommendations of the Prof Ewurama Addy Commission, established by the late President Mills at the beginning of his presidency to look into the salaries of the MPs.
The increase will take retroactive effect beginning in 2009 when the late President Mills first assumed office. This will bring the total amount yet to be paid the MPs to Ghc43,470,000.
However, this has been severely criticized by large sections of the populace, including Franklin Cudjoe of Imani Ghana, who say the increase is not deserved.
Speaking on Adom FM?s Dwaso Nsem morning show on Monday October 8, 2012, Madam Akua Donkor announced her intention to storm the courts to seek an injunction to prevent the payment of the proposed salary increase, arguing that such monies can be better used to better the lives of ordinary Ghanaians.
?How much are journalists and teachers paid? You people (journalists) work so hard but you are still walking on the streets. Just a few people are chopping the money. This money (MPs salary increase) is too much,? she declared.
?A D(istrict) C(hief) E (xecutive) is appointed today and you see him riding around in cars. How about teachers? When I am elected president I will take care of teachers and you people (journalists),? she promised.
Under the GFP, journalists and teachers will receive ?free cars and petrol, as well as good wages,? she promised.
In a related development, Madam Akua Donkor has also threatened to sue government and the Ghana Cocoa Board to demand more for the ordinary farmer for the sale of his cocoa beans by government.
According to the GFP leader, government has cheated the ordinary cocoa farmer for far too long, and an Akua Donkor Presidency will address what she describes as an anomaly, the seeming neglect of the Ghanaian farmer.
Espousing on her party?s plan for the country if given the opportunity, Madam Akua Donkor said farmers and fisherfolk would live a life of luxury commensurate with their labour, with those over 40 years getting a free ride to the bank to withdraw their monthly allowance from the state.
From: Ghana l Adomonline.com l Frank Agyei-Twum