The Minority NDC group in Ghana’s Parliament has observed that government’s attempt to use propaganda as a tool to intimidate and tarnish their reputations as members of the erstwhile John Mahama administration would not stop them from holding the Akufo-Addo led NPP administration accountable for its stewardship.
The group was responding to a publication by a pro-government Newspaper which had reported that some members of the former administration were being investigated for receiving double salaries, while some have negotiated with the authorities to refund the monies.
The Daily Guide Newspaper in its Tuesday, April 10, 2018 edition, alleged that some 22 Article 71 appointees of the erstwhile Mahama Administration were overpaid whilst serving as Ministers and Members of Parliament.
In a Press conference addressed by the Ranking Member on the Finance Committee, Cassiel Ato Forson, the Minority observed that the said publication can only be a figment of the imagination of a government that continues to betray the trust of the people, and a desperate attempt by the Akufo-Addo government to criminalize and harass the Minority into submission.
According to the former Deputy Finance Minister, “Last week, twenty-five of us received strange letters and phone calls from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service inviting us to confer with Mrs. M.Y.T. Addo-Danquah, Deputy Commissioner of Police and to assist in investigations of allegations of double salaries made against us by Government.”
He added that at the time they were getting ready to appear before the CID, they received another communication from the police that indicated that they had made mistakes with the invitation of 18 out of the 25 Minority MPs originally contacted.
Following from the foregoing, the Minority is of the belief that government was burnt on diverting attention from its failings in office by using Daily Guide’s publication as propaganda against Members of the Minority in the attempt to cow them into submission.
“We must state for the records, that contrary to the claims by the Daily Guide Newspaper, no appointee has offered to make refunds of double salaries. We challenge the Daily Guide to adduce evidence of their claims. We also find it curious that the Daily Guide was unable to produce the full list of the alleged 22 appointees,” he said.
According to him, an audit and reconciliation conducted by the government has revealed that government rather owes the Article 71 Office holders huge salary arrears.
He explained that as a matter of practice and convention, Article 71 Office holders including Members of Parliament, Ministers of State and Deputy Ministers are always paid on account awaiting the establishment and finalization of work of the Presidential Emoluments Committee.
The Ajumako-Anyan-Asiam MP informed the media that the 25 Members of the Minority group that were initially invited by the CID were considering a legal action for drawing their names into disrepute and ridicule.
Source: Clement Akoloh || afriwakeradio.com