The prosecution of former ministers in the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration and Members of Parliament (MPs) who have been caught in an alleged double-salary scandal is imminent.
It follows what looks like the special prosecutor’s endorsement of the move by the police to prosecute the former appointees, who served under then President John Mahama – majority of who are MPs in the current parliament.
Martin A.B.K. Amidu, the special prosecutor, told last Thursday that his former colleagues had fallen foul of the law and should not go unpunished.
“Indeed, that (double salary), is an offence of abuse of office for private gain,” he said without mincing words, before revealing that he also received double payments when he served as minister during the NDC regime but returned the excess money to the government.
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has said officially that the alleged double salaries saga “is contrary to Section 124 (1) of the Criminal and other Offences Act 1960 (Act 29) as amended in 2012 (Act 849). Section 124 relates to the offence of stealing.”
Some of the MPs’ allegedly involved have been interrogated by the CID and granted police enquiry bail, but it is unclear if the special prosecutor’s office will be handling the case, should the Attorney General’s Department decide to arraign them for court.
“You don’t keep the money for six months, one year, two years or three years, you’ve left office, one-and-a-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?”
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