Krio in Parliament please!
I have been following the debates in our parliament and I have realized that some of our Members of Parliament can speak English very well; MPs like Bernadette Lahai, Sheku Dumbuya and some others are eloquent speakers who have mastery over the use of English.
However, I am sorry to say that some of our MPs always expose our parliament to academic ridicule whenever they use English to contribute to the debates, a situation that is not going down well with me, especially when I consider the fact that the debates are now done on television in the full glare of the public.
I am fully aware of the unpleasant and unavoidable fact that the use of English has become a national problem as evident in the mass failure of pupils in BECE, WASSCE and other public exams. This problem may be a primary factor for the dumbness of some of our MPs.
I have noticed that some of our parliamentarians recede in their lobbies, sitting like statues, while sensitive debates proceed, probably, fear of speaking poor English and, consequently, being mocked by TV viewers or even their clever colleagues.
Regarding the foregoing observation I am patriotically obligated to recommend the introduction of Krio as the official medium of communication in parliament. The use of English as the official medium of communication in our parliament could be the main reason why some of our MPs remain silent in parliament.
I am strongly convinced that introducing Krio as the official medium of communication can embolden some of our MPs to be participating regularly, not once in the blue moon. Introducing Krio in parliament can also help reduce the number of dumb MPs and make our parliament livelier and more vibrant.
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