Review Article 71; it’s a threat to Ghana’s democracy – Kofi Bentil

A Senior Vice President of policy think tank, IMANI Africa, Kofi Bentil has called for the review of Article 71 of the 1992 Constitution.

He believes that section of the constitution is a threat to Ghana’s democracy, hence must be reframed immediately.

“Article 71 is obscene, and it is one of the threats to this democracy, and everybody agrees that it is wrong. I think there is a solution to it and that is all those Article 71 [office holders] can get multiple times the minimum wage. So if the minimum wage is GHS1, we can give them 10,000 times of that. In that way, it will adjust itself automatically as the minimum wage adjusts itself.”

He made the recommendation on Newsfile on Joy FM on the back of uproar over the payment of emolument to spouses of the President and the Vice President following a recommendation by a committee tasked to propose gratuities for Article 71 office holders.

This has led to many Ghanaians expressing displeasure about the move.

Ghanaians were further livid because it was disclosed that, the First and Second Ladies will be receiving salaries equivalent to cabinet ministers.

The said uproar has compelled the *[First and Second ) to refund the state allowances they have received since January 2017.