- The Supreme Court has ruled that all the retired Members of Parliament (MPs) are not entitled to receive pension
- The courts are rather expected to receive gratuity
- It is stipulated in Article 114 of the 1992 constitution
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The Supreme Court has ruled that all the retired Members of Parliament (MPs) do not have any constitutional right to receive pension from the state.
The supreme court noted that the retired MPs are rather entitled to gratuities (which the court described as lump sum payments)
This according to a report filed by Graphic Online is stipulated in Article 114 of the 1992 constitution.
In a unanimous decision on Thursday, December 3, 2020, a seven member panel of the apex court held that the payment of pensions to MPs who retired from 2005-2008 was unconstitutional.
“By the combined reading of Article 71(3), 98(1) and Article 114 of the 1992 Constitution, the Chinnery-Hesse Committee acted unconstitutionally,” the court held.
The Court of Appeal is currently hearing an appeal by 43 former retired MPs who are fighting for the payment of pension in line with the Chinnery-Hesse’s recommendation.
In 2017, 40 former MPs sued the government at the High Court for GH₵233,495 each, being their accrued monthly pension pay.
The basis of the legal action by the 40 former MPs was the Chinnery-Hesse Presidential Emoluments Committee (PEC) which provides that parliamentarians who were 50 years and above and exited Parliament, having served two full terms, should be paid some sums of money as pension benefits.
Some notable names among the 40 former MPs who initiated the legal action are Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo, Dr Kofi Konadu Apraku, Dr Kwame Ampofo, Mr Kwamina Bartels, Mr Freddie Blay, Mr Kenneth Dzirasah, Ms Christine Churcher, Mr Isaac E. Edumadze (deceased) and Mr Nkrabea Effah-Darteh, Mr David Apesera and Mr S.K Boafo.
In other news, the NDC flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama says the corruption under the Akufo-Addo-led government is so big that it has grown wings and is now flying.
According to Mahama, corruption under Akufo-Addo has become so normal that it is no longer news for government appointees to be involved in scandals.
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