- Martin Amidu says that he was once overpaid as a minister, but he returned the amount to the state
- The Special Prosecutor opined that the MPs who received the double salaries should have returned the double payments when they started receiving more monies in their accounts
Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, has made a shocking revelation regarding the ongoing double salary saga, saying was once overpaid as deputy Attorney General but he returned the excess amount to the state.
Speaking in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM, the Special Prosecutor said it is an abuse of office if a public official should receive double salary.
According to him, the Minority MPs who are being investigated for receiving double salaries should have returned the excess amounts when they realized it.
He used himself as an example, disclosing that he was overpaid during his time as deputy Attorney General, but he did the honourable thing by returning the money to the state.
He said, if found guilty, the said MPs will be made to face the law, irrespective of their positions and social statuses.
“Money was ever paid into my account…When my bank notified me I told them to return it because that is not what me and the Attorney General agreed. I could have kept it," Mr. Amidu said.
“This is what they should have done. You don’t keep the money for six months, one year, two years or three years, you’ve left office, one and half years, you’ve not made any efforts to return it. Then when the CID begins seeing it now you are rationalizing it and yet when the ordinary man takes plantain one bunch, he goes to jail for 15 years. So what is the political elite telling us?
“If it’s been happening since 1992 and no one has seen it, now it has been seen, those responsible should bear the consequence,” he added.
Mr. Amidu was speaking in reference to the case involving some NDC MPs who have been cited by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for allegedly taking double salaries.
According to him, no attempts should be made to derail the investigations, adding that “why should a Special Prosecutor be prosecuting ordinary Ghanaians and your honourable will be involved in these things then they will be talking to the president to wash it up?’
An ongoing probe by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) into the allegations of double salary paid to some appointees of the former government has been the subject of public debate amid claims of political witch-hunting.
Some notable politicians appointed as ministers or deputy ministers under the John Mahama-led administration have been mentioned in the possible corruption scandal.
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