BEEFING UP SECURITY OF MPs IS A GOOD IDEA
There appears to be a groundswell of stiff opposition to the calls to have the security of our MPs beefed up by some Ghanaians.
Their contention is that such a privilege shouldn’t be extended to only Members of Parliament since they’re not more Ghanaians than the rest of us.
Some argue that such a preferential treatment being considered would mean that we consider the welfare and wellbeing of our legislators more important than that of the ordinary citizens of the land.
While I happily associate myself with these expressed feelings or sentiments, it is also important to understand that the decision is not hinged on the MPs being more important than the rest of us.
In fact, it is a notion in error for anybody to think that this suggestion is to discriminate against the poor and vulnerable in the country.
The positions of these MPs expose them to all kinds of threats the ordinary people are not confronted with. It is this glaring danger and the fact that they’re targeted by virtue of the work they do that have necessitated the calls for their security to be upped.
In the recent gruesome incident in the Central Region when the MP was gunned down, there were several people who were caught in the dangerous web of the supposed armed robbers. According to an account by an eyewitness, it was after he mentioned his position that angered the supposed armed robbery gang to kill him.
The above narrative, as worrisome as it is, and which appears to have been embraced by Ghanaians, is a tacit manifestation to the fact that people in such top positions are always in grave danger than the others.
It is based on these imminent threats and dangers associated with the works of our Members of Parliament that have mellowed some of us to agree that a decision intended to top up the security of our MPs is a step in the right direction.
P.K.Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.