CDD: Publish findings on double salary blues

Ms Osei-Afful

Ms Osei-Afful

The Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), has urged the Attorney-General to publicise the outcome of investigations into the double salary blues involving former ministers of state who served as Members of Parliament (MPs).
According to the Centre, issues of corruption affected the public, hence constant information to the citizenry was required to help them form opinions.

The comment comes on the back of a demand by Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu for public officers to guard against unexpected payments into their bank accounts.

Research Officer at the CDD, Rhoda Osei-Afful, insisted that investigations when made public will promote transparency.

“We were all aware the CID informed us they had invited those people to come over, give statements and proceed with their investigation, sometimes we need to know what has happened between the time decision is made and current situation because it appears as though not much is happening.

“It can be something is being done, the process is going on well, we need to know because when we are talking about corruption it is very much about public perception, it is about what we hear and what we make of it.

“We are trying to have systems that will be deterrent enough, those people feel the issue just come up and go down, we have not heard much, in a way it sort of motivates people who may be into all kinds of fraudulent activities.

“They know when it comes up, people are going to talk about it, after a week it goes off the radar, we need to do more in terms of knowing what has happened with the processes so far,” Ms Osei-Afful stressed.

Some National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament (MPs) allegedly received double salary while serving as both MPs and ministers or deputy ministers and 25 of the MPs were initially asked to report to the police, but 18 of them were later asked to disregard that invitation.

The Police during its investigation interrogated a number of the accused MPs but the Minority in Parliament had earlier denied the allegation against its members, maintaining no crime had been committed.

Per the dictates of public service, an official who occupies both positions is entitled to a single salary, usually equal to the level of a minister of state. –

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