MPs Cars Must Be Charged On Consolidated Fund – John Kumah

A Deputy Minister for Finance and Member of Parliament for Ejisu, John Kumah, says giving Members of Parliament car loans whiles officials in other arms of government are provided cars for their work is unfair and must be addressed.

   MPs Cars Must Be Charged On Consolidated Fund – John Kumah

A Deputy Minister for Finance and Member of Parliament for Ejisu, John Kumah, says giving Members of Parliament car loans whiles officials in other arms of government are provided cars for their work is unfair and must be addressed.

According to him, the loan agreement totalling $28 million for MPs to acquire cars for their official use is illegal, as the dictates of the constitution demands that the consolidated fund is billed for emoluments and benefits of members of parliament.

“By what reason are you saying that instead of charging it on the consolidated fund, you are giving me a loan. Loans for what? Let’s treat MPs fairly. They don’t deserve loans, they deserve cars charged on the consolidated fund,” he said.

The Ejisu MP said the provisions in the constitution that spells out the emoluments of Article 71 officeholders has existed since 1992, and have indicated that all such entitlements must be provided from the consolidated fund, and so the practice by successive governments  to give car loans to Members of Parliament and Council of State Members is illegal.

“It is illegal and unconstitutional and the fact that we have made mistakes in the past does not mean we should continue,” John Kumah added.