Newly sworn-in Members of Parliament are yet to receive their first salary but their constituents have started making financial demands from them.
The new Member of Parliament for Kwabre East, Francisca Oteng-Mensah who affirmed this incident said the financial pressure mounted on MP’s by their constituents is unbearable.
The debutant in parliament said her constituents have started making financial demands even though she is yet to earn her first salary as an MP.
Francisca Oteng-Mensah said ”even though I have not started receiving salary, I have started paying fees… [and] I have started paying hospital bills and a whole lot.”
For many Ghanaians their MPs earn enough money to ensure they (constituents) benefit from the income. An MP in Ghana currently earns GH¢7,200 monthly, which is well above what many ordinary Ghanaians earn.
The core duty of an MP is to make laws “but your constituents wouldn’t see it that way,” the MP added.