Bono Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwame Baffoe alias Abronye DC has filed a lawsuit against the payment of salaries to First and Second Ladies in Ghana.
He is seeking inter alia a declaration that, the decision to pay emoluments to Presidential Spouses is inconsistent to the 1992 Constitution and that, same must be declared null and void.
Parliament has officially approved that President and Vice President’s wives will now receive salaries.
This was confirmed by the Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah.
The truth of the matter is that all surviving spouses of Heads of State, current and former, have always received salaries. Lordina Mahama, Naadu Mills, Matilda Amissah-Arthur, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, Faustina Acheampong, Fulera Liman etc have all been receiving salaries since President Kufuor’s time.
What has happened now is that the arrangement has been made formal but that was done legally based on the recommendation by the Emoluments Committee”, the Minister emphasized.
But Abronye DC, in a writ sighted by Peacefmonline.com, has prayed the Supreme Court for a “declaration that, the approval by Parliament to pay salaries to the First and Second Ladies is inconsistent with ARTICLE 71 CLAUSES 1 AND 2 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana and consequently be declared null, void and unenforceable’’.
He also wants the court to order that, “per Articles 108 and 178 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana; parliament cannot, on its own accord, initiate or approve payment of any such emoluments; which would necessarily be paid from public funds; without a bill to that effect emanating from and introduced by the Government and dully passed into law’’.