MPs Double Salary: You Can Be Prez; You're Not Above The Law

'Suspended' General Secretary of the People's National Convention (PNC), Atik Mohammed, is backing the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police to launch thorough investigations into the alleged double salary scandal.

About nine members of the Minority in Parliament including the Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu are being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ghana Police Service for allegedly receiving double salaries.

Meanwhile, a total of 25 ex-appointees were initially issued with letters by the CID accusing them of stealing and asking them to assist with investigations.

The accused were said to have allegedly received double salaries as MPs and ministers, a claim most of them have denied but the Minority has threatened to sue the CID.

The Minority argued that it is untrue that the members, who were former Ministers and Deputy Ministers, were paid double salaries.

The explanation given is that the MPs who double as Ministers were paid accumulated arrears the government owes them.

Addressing these issues on Peace FM's Kokrokoo, Atik Mohammed noted that the CID's interrogation of the accused persons is appropriate and therefore encouraged them to continue till the truth is established.

He further said any person(s) identified to have received double salaries should be made to face the full rigors of the country's laws stating emphatically that "you can even be the President. You can’t be above the law, simply because you’re MP”.

He called on the leadership of Parliament to set up a Special Committee to look into the issues and review the arrangements for the MPs.