The Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolga East Constituency, Hon. Dominic Akuritinga Ayine, has expressed his concern over the double salary palaver, arguing it was a top-up not a salary.
Hon. Ayine revealed on Pink FM morning show ‘Omanbapa Kasa’ that they (the other four Ministers under investigation) were promised a top-up of their salaries.
“I have been told that as a Deputy Minister, I was entitled to a top-up by the state for the role that I was playing as Deputy Minister in addition to my role as an MP” he added.
Dr. Akuritinga has filed a suit against the Attorney General, Controller and Accountant General and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) due to some failure on their part with regards to the double salary controversy.
The Minister stated that, he never received a notice from Parliament informing him of the specific amount of salary to be received with regards to the top-up.
The Bolgatanga East MP further made mention that, it was not his duty to check whether it was a double salary or just a top-up.
He proceeded by saying that, the Police never showed them any evidence of what payment were to be made to them. The Police asked them questions that would incriminate them.
According to Mr Ayine, the Police rather asked them questions relating to whether they sent a “double account or a single account” and if they were given “pay slips or not”.
Moreover, the MP was of the view that, the Controller and Accountant General has the obligation to have released a statement to those who have overpaid to refund the money.
The Former Deputy Attorney General chided the IGP for publicly tagging them as offenders without any basis. He further chastised the IGP for allowing his men to leak information to the Press, portraying them as criminals “Article 1 under section 124 of criminal and other offenses act of 1960”.
In his final words, Dr. Ayine clarified Members of Parliament who submits duo bank accounts do not necessarily mean they are “dishonest”. He mentioned that he is surprised as to why people are claiming he submitted two bank accounts to get paid.
Story by Elizabeth Adomah/Sarah Appiah/Jennifer Akyereko/pinkfmonlinegh.com