- MPs, who were appointed ministers under the previous Mahama administration are alleged to have taken double salaries
- The revelation was first made by outspoken Member of Parliament for Assin Central in the Central Region, Kennedy Agyapong
It has emerged that 22 ministers under the former Mahama administration were allegedly taking double salaries.
According to a report by the DailyGuide newspaper, the ministers, who were Members of Parliament (MPs), were drawing salaries as MPs and at the same time receiving their monthly salaries as ministers, contrary to the law.
Ghana’s constitution requires that MPs, who are appointed ministers, may either choose to receive their salaries as ministers or take what their colleague MPs are taking – although other benefits are attached.
The report further revealed that this malpractice went on from 2012 to 2016.
Some of the affected persons include; Alban Bagbin, MP for Nadowli West in the Upper West Region; ET Mensah, one of the ‘three wise men’ under Mahama’s presidency and former MP for Ningo Prampram; Haruna Iddrisu, former Minister of Employment and Labour Relations and MP for Tamale South.
The rest are Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, former Petroleum Minister and MP for Ellembelle in the Western Region and Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, former Youth and Sports Minister and MP for Odododiodioo Constituency.
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Meanwhile, some of the ministers involved are said to have agreed to refund the moneys back to the state when they were confronted by security agents.
The revelation seems to reaffirm claims by some civil society organisations and members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) that there had been massive acts of corruption by officers of the erstwhile NDC government.
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