Kwesi Pratt Jnr, Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, has expressed worry about the amount of vehicles that accompany President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as he travels around Ghana.
According to the senior journalist, the presidential motorcade included 57 vehicles at one instance.
Such tactics, according to Mr. Kwesi Pratt Jnr, feed into the perception that politicians are corrupt, acquiring fortune and benefiting from the state.
He emphasized that extravagant shows of wealth were one of the reasons voters had such negative views of government officials.
“I can tell you that the level of indebtedness is there, the state of unemployment is there…soo many things that people are angry about…legitimately angry about. Without any inhibition or whosoever, the single thing which annoys people most, more than the level of indebtedness is the size of the presidential convoy. I have been on the street when the president is passing and my goodness, the comments that people make…the street vendors and so on…they are horrified by these presidential convoys…the size of the presidential convoy.
“I have said it before, in one instance I counted 57 vehicles in the presidential convoy at a time all of us admit that we are in a state of austerity…how can you justify this? How can you do this in the face of the electorate? It’s clearly unacceptable…it is indefensible. Lifestyles matter. Lifestyles send a signal to the population. Many people when they talk about opulence in government they have no evidence that anybody has stolen money but when they see 57 cars they say ‘eeiiii, 3kromfuo no didi [the people are eating/enjoying]…that is their evidence,” Mr. Kwesi Pratt Jnr said.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has come under fire in recent months for flying around the world in opulent private jets.
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the North Tongu MP, has demanded accountability for the funds used, but this has been rejected due to national security concerns.
As a result, he has committed to utilize all legal means at his disposal to obtain answers to the issues he has raised on the floor of Parliament.