General News of Saturday, 26 January 2013
...They Can't Even Ask Questions
Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr. has questioned the quality of some Members of Parliament in the Sixth Parliament of the Republic of Ghana.
According to him, some of the MPs whose names he refused to mention cannot even express themselves well or find the right vocabulary to form a full sentence not to talk about asking the right questions.
Commenting on the vetting of some Presidential nominees by the Appointments Committee of Parliament, Mr Pratt gave thumbs up to the vetting proceedings but did not understand why some of the parliamentarians felt compelled to ask questions even when they had none to ask.
On Thursday, the Appointments Committee was able to vet three Presidential nominees namely; Madam Hannah Tetteh, minister designate for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Mr. Seth Terkper, minister designate for Finance, and Alhaji Collins Dauda, minister designate for Water Resource Works and Housing.
Contributing to panel discussions on Peace FM’s "Kokrokoo" programme, Kwesi Pratt said: “I was really happy about yesterday’s vetting. It was spot-on because some of the questions that were asked were really good but that doesn’t mean everything else went on well. The quality of some of our parliamentarians is disturbing. Some even can’t ask a simple question”.
The seasoned journalist entreated political parties and the Ghanaian electorate to be extra careful in choosing their parliamentarians so that the right caliber of people are elected to the law making House.
“If we are voting for parliamentarians, let us take our time to choose the right person because they are going to make laws. You can’t elect someone who does not understand anything that goes on in parliament. If you listen to some of the questions..., why is it compulsory for you to ask questions?" he asked.