General News of Thu, 19 Apr 201823
Double salary saga: Parliament urges calm
The Parliament of Ghana is urging calm as efforts to unravel claims that some former ministers received a double salary during their tenure are ongoing.
“Parliament wishes to observe that the offence of criminality in the said matter is yet to be proven and will, therefore, like to implore the Police, Members of Parliament and the general public to remain calm and circumspect in their comments until the facts of the matter are determined,” a release from the Public Affairs Department said.
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.
All the former government officials cited in the alleged scandal are members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), prompting some of them to blame the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) of political witch-hunting and a deliberate effort to stain their reputation.
Minority spokesperson on Finance Cassiel Ato Forson has said that the government wanted to divert attention from the real issues and was using the double salary allegations to silence its opponents.
Notable politicians appointed as ministers or deputy ministers under the John Mahama-led administration have been mentioned in the possible corruption scandal.
Former Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Inusah Fuseini, former Minister of State in charge of Social and Allied Institutions Comfort Doyoe Ghansah and former Brong Ahafo Region Minister Eric Opoku appeared before the CID on Tuesday to answer questions.
The statement from Parliament released on April 18, 2018, and signed by Acting Director of the Public Affairs Department, Kate Addo also said, “Parliament in an effort to enhance transparency and accountability, pledges to cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies to bring the matter to a conclusion.”