The immediate past Special Prosecutor, has accused the President of employing Machiavellian ( Dishonest) tactics in ensuring that his ministerial nominees were approved by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs on the Appointments Committee of Parliament.
According to Martin A. B. K. Amidu, President Akufo-Addo and his government had leveraged the Double Salary Scandal and other criminal cases in which some NDC members were complicit, in forcing their hands (compelling them) to approve his ministerial appointments.
The former Attorney General in his latest epistle, dated Tuesday, May 25, responded to an allegation made by the current Attorney General, Godfred Dame.
Mr Dame had said that Martin Amidu failed to prosecute MPs involved in the ‘double salary’ scandal despite it being presented to his office.
Double Salary saga
It emerged in 2018 that some MPs who served as Ministers in the Mahama administration, allegedly received double salaries.
An audit report of the payroll data revealed some legislators, including Ellembelle MP, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, and former Kpone Katamanso MP, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, received double salary.
The former Tamale Central MP, Inusah Fuseini; Ada MP, Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe-Ghansah and former Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Eric Opoku, were among those accused and were to appear before the police for prosecution.
The police said the alleged action by the MPs “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”.
Media reports revealed that many Ministers, who served under former President John Mahama, took double salaries for four years, while others received double salaries for two and three years, probably because they were reshuffled.
In 2012, four of the Ministers took double salaries and are currently not serving in Parliament, but by 2013 the double -salaried appointees had increased to 22, while in 2014 about 18 were said to be involved
In 2015 and 2016, 15 and 12 appointees took double salaries, respectively.
From 2012 to 2016 when the NDC was in office, some of the appointees were captured in all the data collated as having received double salaries.
The list showed that the appointees received double salaries at least once a month, while others received them monthly throughout the years.
Initially, 25 NDC MPs were said to have been invited by the CID, but the then-Minority in Parliament held a press conference to debunk the allegation.