Dominic Ayine sues Controller over double salary

 Dr Ayine

Dr Ayine

The National Democratic Congress Member of Parliament (NDC MP) for Bolga East Dr. Dominic Ayine, who is under investigation for allegedly stealing, has sued the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) demanding details of his salary payments.

 

He is under investigations after it emerged he took double salary – one as a Deputy Minister under the Mahama-led administration and another as MP.

 

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Police Service has described the offence as stealing.

 

But Dr Ayine, the former Deputy Attorney-General has gone to court seeking to quash the police investigation into the double salaries saga which could lead to criminal prosecution.

 

He is demanding details of all payments made to him since May 2013.

 

Maintaining his innocence, Dr Ayine pointed out that it could not be his fault assuming without admitting he had been paid twice by the CAGD.

 

His Counsel, Edudzi Tamakloe referred to Act 23 of the 1992 Constitution which enjoined “administrative bodies and administrative officials act fairly and reasonably and comply with the requirements imposed on them by law and persons aggrieved by the exercise of such acts and decisions shall have the right to seek redress before a court or other tribunal.”

 

“The CAGD did not act fairly with his client because it failed to notify him of the double payments and complained of making wrongful payments to my client.

 

“If under any circumstances he has been overpaid the best thing to do is to first notify him, which has not been done which infringes on our right to administrative justice.

 

“For the police to go after my client for monies which he did not pay to himself show his client is being targeted for political purposes,” Mr Tamakloe bemoaned.

 

The Controller had stated that it could not be blamed for the payment of double salaries for some ministers under the Mahama-led administration.

 

Head of Payroll, Elizabeth Osei said her outfit acted on instructions from the Finance Minister to pay ministers their agreed pay.

 

Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu had explained that taking double salary may be a “genuine oversight” for the first month but if an MP notices the trend over months, then the politician cannot feign ignorance.

“There was lack of communication between the Finance Department at Parliament which pays the MPs and that of the presidency which directs the CAGD to pay ministers and deputies. –myjoyonline.com

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