Whereas the majority of the citizens of Ghana perceive Members of Parliament (MPs) to be very rich and have money which doesn’t finish, WestAfrica24.com has learnt many of our honourable MPs are living a lie due to the strain on their income.
In a taped interview of some select MPs on 3FM, it was revealed that some take home as low as GHc500 at the end of the month due to the many deductions made from their 11,000 cedis salary, key being car loan among others.
The MPs are also crying bitterly about increasing monetary responsibilities and pressure in their constituencies where almost everything is charged to their account including rent, meetings, funerals, marriage, naming ceremony, durbars, birthdays and kindergarten graduations etc.
Hon. Yussif Sulemana MP for Bole Bamboi for instance decried that the strain on their income as lawmakers is disheartening.
He says contrary to public opinion, MPs are not given fuel neither are they given drivers. They pay their own drivers and buy their fuels and have no security compared to their MMDCE counterparts. Hon Ebenezer Gilbert Nii Narh Nartey, MP for Ablekuma Central agreed with him.
“There are MPs earning GH¢ 500 a month” he added.
MPs claim they are earning a pittance.
Our readers will recall as part of measures to raise more revenue to meet its revenue target for the 2018 fiscal year, government last year revealed it will introduce a new tax known as the high net worth income tax.
MPs led by Member of Parliament for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak, expressed his misgivings about the development, saying “Our MPs are earning GH¢ 2,000 less than what they previously earned before the coming into effect of the 35% income tax on people who earn more GH¢10,000. MPs are earning more than GH¢10,000. The take-home of MPs was a little over GH¢11,000 . With the coming into effect of the 35% new income tax, MPs are earning around 9,000 plus. For many of us that is a huge dip because it is an assault on our disposable income. Imagine what 2,000 can do in a rural constituency…It is an assault and an attack on the middle class and it will impoverish more people”