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Salary Scandal: 9 Former ministers to appear before CID today

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9 Former ministers to appear before CID today
9 Former ministers to appear before CID today

Nine former Ministers and Members of Parliament who are under Police investigations for allegedly taking double salaries are expected to appear before the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, today Monday, April 16, 2018.

Reports making rounds in the past week indicate that some Ministers under the erstwhile Mahama government were drawing salaries as MPs and at the same time receiving their monthly salaries as ministers contrary to the law.

About 22 former appointees were named by outspoken Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong as having engaged in the act.

He described the NDC ministers as “nation wreckers” and also condemned his own government for failing to deal with corrupt former appointees of the Mahama administration.

But the CID is currently investigating nine of the former government officials.

Some of the names mentioned are Alban Bagbin, MP for Nadowli West in the Upper West Region; ET Mensah, one of the ‘three wise men’ under Mahama’s presidency and former MP for Ningo Prampram; Haruna Iddrisu, former Minister of Employment and Labour Relations and MP for Tamale South.

The rest are Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, former Petroleum Minister and MP for Ellembelle in the Western Region and Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, former Youth and Sports Minister and MP for Odododiodioo Constituency and Former Roads and Highways Minister, Hon. Inusah Fuseini.

However, the former Ministers have vehemently denied the allegations.

Hon. Inusah Fuseini noted on Joy News, he will honour the invitation but has queried why the issue is being handled by the CID.

Minority Suit against the CID over Salary Scandal

Meanwhile, the Minority in Parliament has served notice it will sue the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ghana Police and some newspapers following allegations that former government appointees took double salaries while in office.

Minority Spokesperson on Finance, Cassiel Ato Forson addressing the Media Tuesday, April 10, 2018, expressed the belief that the current government is resorting to intimidating tactics on its members to prevent them from criticizing the Akufo-Addo administration.

He explained, “Last week, twenty-five of us received strange letters and phone calls from the Criminal Investigations 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.