Member of Parliament for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak proved his words on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 and rode on a bicycle to Parliament as protest to the ecominic hardship in the country.
The MP had hinted sometime last week of his intention but critics doubted he would ever do such thing. However, to the surprise of many, Mr Mubarak rode on bicycle to Parliament as he was seen by members of the Parliamentary Press Corps when he arrived.
Speaking to XYZ’ Parliamentary Correspondent, Charles Akrofi after his arrival, the Kumbungu MP indicated that he took the action in solidarity with the many Ghanaians who are facing economic hardship the Akufo-Addo led government has unleashed onto them.
“It is in solidarity with the masses, with the suffering Ghanaians. It was to highlight the levels of sufferings, the burning injustices in our society and as a representative of the people, if Ghanaians are complaining , if my people are complaining, if journalists are complaining, if media people are being laid off then it is incumbent on us As elected officials to voice out their concerns” he explained.
Asked if that is the best way to protest when as MP there is the floor of Parliament for members to articulate their concerns he responded that “There are several ways of expressing civil disobedience, the floor of Parliament is one but clearly you’ve been covering Parliament for a long time, you know that we have procesure; if it is a motion, it would have to be admitted by the speaker, if it’s a question it would have to be admitted by the speaker, if it’s a statement it would have to be admitted by the speaker and sometimes by the time a statement is admitted, it loses its relevance……..so you have several tools at your disposal as a Member of Parliament and this is one of them.”
The Kumbungu MP was hopeful his actions will make a bold statement to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government which he described as “deaf to the plights of the people.”
But in a reaction to the Legislator’s action, the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs Cynthia Morrison who is also MP for Agona West asked Ghanaians to ignore Mr Mubarak.
She said the her colleague was rather using propagandists approach to put the government in a bad light. she also dared Mr Mubarak to continue to ride the bicycle to the law making chamber whenever the House sits to signify that times are hard for him.
“Ras Mubarack is just engaging in propaganda. He is not facing hardship in any form. He has about four carsa dn cannot tell me that timesare hard,” she said and continued to commend the NPP-led government for putting the economy on the right track.
Mrs Morrison was, however, quick to add that “times are not really hard” as some politically motivated persons want Ghanaians to believe. Rther, she assured that the government had put in many measures to boost the country’s economy through sustainable job opportunities both in the public and private sector.
Source: Ghana/ myxyzonline.com