Ghana’s first Special Prosecutor, Martin Alamisi Amidu, has alleged that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo instructed the then-Attorney General, Gloria Akufo, not to file charges against Parliamentarians found to have received double salaries.
The said MPs, were members of the majority NDC group in Parliament at the time, under the administration of John Dramani Mahama. In his latest epistle, the former Attorney General stated that Ms. Akuffo and the Director of Public Prosecution, Yvonne Attakora Obuobisa, after perusing the police docket on the matter, came to the conclusion that some of the suspected MPs should be prosecuted.
“The credible information I received on the case is and was that the then-Attorney General and the Director of Public Prosecutions had both perused the case docket and had come to the conclusion that charges be filed against some of the suspects for prosecution.
“The Attorney General was instructed not to do so by the President who unconstitutionally usurped the investigatory and prosecutorial constitutional authority of the Attorney General on the grounds of a political witch-hunt.
It is believed that in 2018, some Members of Parliament (MPs) who served as ministers in the Mahama administration allegedly received double salaries. An audit report of the payroll data revealed some legislators, including Ellembelle MP, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, and former Kpone Katamanso MP, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, as beneficiaries of the double salaries scandal.
The former Tamale Central MP, Inusah Fuseini; Ada MP, Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe-Ghansah, and former Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Eric Opoku were the three NDC MPs, who were interrogated by the police for allegedly, withdrawing double salaries.
The police in its report on the conduct of the three alluded to the fact that the behaviour of the MPs “is contrary to Section 124 (1) of the Criminal and other Offences Act 1960 (Act 29), as amended in 2012, Act 849.
Media reports showed that many ministers who served under former President John Mahama took double salaries for four years, while others received double salaries for two; and three years, because some were reshuffled.
In 2012, four of the ministers took double salaries and are currently not serving in Parliament, but by 2013 the double-salaried appointees had increased to 22, while in 2014, about 18 were said to be involved
In 2015 and 2016, 15 and 12 appointees took double salaries, respectively. From 2012 to 2016 when the NDC was in office, some of the appointees were captured in all the data collated as having received double salaries.
The list showed that the appointees received double salaries at least once a month, while others received them monthly throughout the years.
Initially, 25 National Democratic Congress MPs, were said to have been invited by the CID, but the then-Minority in Parliament held a press conference on April 10, 2018, to debunk the allegation.
Mr. Amidu claimed in his epistle that there had been a reportage in some sections of the media alleging it was his failure to deal with the matter that has resulted in the non-prosecution of those MPs. But he insisted that while in office, he never dealt with the double salary matter of the MPs.