The Bono Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwame Baffoe, popularly known as Abronye, has filed a writ at the Supreme Court of Ghana over the payment of cabinet-level salaries to spouses of President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Bawumia.
The controversial NPP Regional Chairman is seeking a total of four (4) reliefs from the Supreme Court.
Below are the reliefs:
- Declarartion that, the approval by Parliament to pay salaries to the First and Second Ladies is inconsistent with ARTICLE 71 CLAUSE 1 AND 2 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana and consequently be declared null, void and unenforceable.
- Declaration that, per Article 71 (1) and (2), the positions of the First and Second Ladies of Ghana do not fall under the category of Public Office holders.
- Declaration that, per Article 71 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, the Emolument Committe is limited to recommending the salaries and other benefits and privileges of only public office holders.
- Declaration 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.
In a related development, two NDC Members of Parliament have also taken the government to court over the payment of cabinet-level salaries to the wives of the President and the Vice President.