Ghana’s Parliament today waxed melancholic in an outpouring of grief over sad events in countries such as Mozambique and New Zealand, but somehow ignored equally sad events back home.
In a development that has led to people trolling that our Parliamentarians have foreign taste indeed, the MPs poetically commiserated with New Zealand over the Christchurch terror attack that killed 50, the devastating effect of cyclone Idai that cost 259 lives in Zimbabwe, 49 in Malawi and 417 in Mozambique; but ignored the accidents on the Kintampo Techiman and Cape-Coast roads, which have cost at least 60 Ghanaians lives.
The ‘unpatriotic chief mourners’ in Parliament today were from both sides of the House.
NPP MP for Offinso South, Bernard Abdalla Banda, read a statement that commiserated with government and people of New Zealand. The MP said the murder of Muslims in the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, “sought to callously bereave 50 families and send 15 countries whose nationals were victims crying and wailing
“Mr. Spekaer the Parliament of Ghana is united in grief with New Zealanders,” Hon. Banda said. He decried what he said was the rapid radicalization terrorism, extremism and xenophobia associated with the suspect Brenton Harrison Tarrant.
The other side of Ghana’s political divide would not be outdone by the NPP in the outpour of grief and so the NDC MP for North Tongu, Okudzeto Ablakwa, also made an incursion. Reading a statement on the Southern African tragedy that has left at least 259 people dead in Zimbabwe, 49Malawi and 417 in Mozambique dead he asked that Parliament stand with these African countries.
Hon. Ablakwa also asked that Ghana’s Parliament back its words with action. “I propose most humbly, Mr. Speaker, if it pleases you that we all as Members of Parliament make voluntary donations in cash or in kind which will be put together and donated to our fellow Africans in Mazambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.”
Somehow, while proposing that Ghana commiserate with others and even bear them up in their grief, not a word was said about the two accidents that happened on Friday in Ghana. At least 60 people have been confirmed dead from the accidents on the Kintampo Techiman Road and the Cape Coast Road, which happened Friday night. The whole of Government is yet to respond to victims and their families in cash or kind.
Shocked Ghanaians have taken to social media to throw shade, with many trolling that Ghanaian MPs have too much foreign taste.
Source: Whatsupnews Ghana