Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye, the Member of Parliament for Odododiodio Constituency in the Greater Accra region, has criticized some citizens who protested against economic hardship during the previous administration of John Dramani Mahama but have become inactive since his exit. He accused them of now expecting minority MPs in Parliament to fight their battles for them and expressed his disappointment in their silence. He urged citizens to speak out against the economic challenges they are facing instead of expecting MPs to do everything for them.
Vanderpuye highlighted that the minority MPs in Parliament are doing their best to hold the government accountable, but they cannot carry the burden alone. He questioned why all Ghanaians are now looking up to the minority, who are just 137 MPs, and why some pressure groups and individuals who were vocal during Mahama’s time have gone quiet. He pointed out that the economic situation now is much worse than it was during Mahama’s administration, and yet, people are not protesting like they did back then.
Vanderpuye emphasized that during Mahama’s time, MPs were not blamed, but people were hitting the streets, and the TUC declared strikes, while GUTA closed shops due to economic hardship. He questioned why these groups are not doing the same now and instead expecting the MPs to do it for them. Vanderpuye stated that the hypocrisy of the country and the system has made everyone quiet.
Vanderpuye’s comments come at a time when many Ghanaians are concerned about the economic challenges they face. They have criticized the government’s handling of the economy and are calling for urgent action to improve their lives.