I was earning 40 cedis as MP - Embattled ex-minister confesses

I was earning 40 cedis as MP - Embattled ex-minister confesses

- Embattled ex-minister under Mahama says her salary as MP was very insignificant

- Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe-Ghansah says working as an MP gained her just GH¢40 a month

- Haruna Iddrisu fears investigations could tarnish the image of parliament

One of the embattled ex-ministers accused of taking double salaries, Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe-Ghansah, has revealed that she received GH¢40 each month from Parliament while serving as a minister.

The former minister of state in-charge of social and allied institutions says she could not make do with the various deductions from her account which made it difficult for her to determine the exact salary she earned serving in both capacities.

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So far fresh revelations from the double-salary scandal reveal that the minority leader in parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, allegedly begged the president to intervene on the issue.

This was a revelation made by the majority leader in parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, who claims Haruna Iddrisu is worried the investigation could tarnish the image of parliament.

“I am not involved but I must admit as a Member of Parliament if a colleague is involved in something it affects all of us. Remember when one person went and dealt in drugs, the whole of the then-Majority group, including the Parliament of Ghana was roped into it. If it affects an MP it affects the integrity of all us. That is why we are trying a good way out of it,” he revealed.

So far, three former ministers under the erstwhile Mahama administration who allegedly took double salaries have been accused of stealing.

This was made known when all three ex-ministers appeared before the criminal investigations department (CID) of police.

These ministers include the former Lands and Natural Resources -Inusah Fuseini, former Minister of State in charge of Social and Allied Institutions - Comfort Doyoe Ghansah and former Brong Ahafo Region Minister - Eric Opoku.

YEN.com.gh had earlier reported on how these former ministers were accused of receiving double salaries as ministers and also members of parliament while in government.

Speaking to Joy FM on the development, Inusah Fuseini denied all allegations. According to him, there is no way he could steal funds from government coffers. "I am not a thief," he argued.

Checks by YEN.com.gh show that all three former minister will be supplying some information to the Police Financial Forensic Unit to assist in investigations. Also, other embattled former ministers are also expected to show up for questioning.

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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.

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