Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu in the Volta Region, has lamented the increasing loss of moral values in political engagements.
He decried that it was surprising people did not practice moral values such as honesty, sincerity and truthfulness which were high requirements in various workplaces when they got into politics.
“Such conduct has led to politicians being viewed by the public as liars which is worrisome and disturbing and there is the need to change the perception for the public to build trust and confidence in the political class,” Mr Ablakwa warned.
Addressing participants at this year’s Tertiary Education Institutional Network (TEIN) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Alumni Connect programme, the MP observed that in the absence of moral values in politics, it was no surprise the country was not progressing or growing or developing as it should.
“But suddenly when we come into politics we say these values do not matter, see how people describe politicians out there, ‘oh as for politicians they are liars, they believe in deception, the one who can twist the facts, has no respect for logic, for truth, will not tell you as it is in an honest way’ are the people we celebrate, we call great politicians.
“Those are the people we give platforms to, we cheer, we clap for the loudest, and any wonder the country is not developing? We are not making the progress, growth and development we should make and if politics is about deception, lies, dishonesty, looking people in the eye and telling them sweet words, making promises you never intended to fulfil, distorting the facts then some of us do not want to be called politicians and we do not want to be part of that game,” Mr Ablakwa intimated.
He pointed out that those were important fundamentals as youth must begin to reflect on, if not, soon politicians and Chief Executive Officers may be either lynched or stoned to death because the citizenry would be fed up with their deceptive politics,” the legislator reiterated.
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