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Government orders Controller and Accountant General to pay former President Kufuor immediately
Masahudu Ankiilu Kunateh, Ghanadot


Accra, June 12, Ghanadot - The Government of Ghana has ordered the Controller and Accountant General to pay salary due Former President John Agyekum Kufuor with immediate effect.


The order follows media reports circulating in the country that the Former President had not been paid for the past six months.


According to Ghana's 1992 Constitution, it allows presidents to retire on their salaries but government’s freezing of payments affected Mr. Kufuor
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A Deputy Information Minister, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa told some journalists in Accra that the issue happened on the blind side of government.


“We are grateful to the media, the revelation in the (Daily) Mail today caught government’s attention and so we checked with the Controller and Accountant General Department…and we were surprised to find out that it is true the former president had not been paid for the past six months,” he stated.

 

When asked whether Former President Jerry John Rawlings had been paid for the past six months, the Deputy Information Minister could not answer, saying “I will have to check on that."


A source at the Controller and Accountant General Department attributed the delay to a directive from the government transition team that all payments be halted accounted for the situation.


Mr. Okudzeto disclosed that the current ministers and their deputies since assuming office had not also been paid.


He further disclosed that the former Vice President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama has been written to, to submit all medical, entertainment, and utility bills for payments.


The Constitution does not entitle a vice president to retire on his salary but the Greenstreet Report mandates the state to pay his bills.


However for the past six months, such bills had not been paid necessitating the writing to him by the government to submit any bills for payment.


The Deputy Information Minister revealed that work was being expedited on the reviewed recommendations of the Chinery Hesse Committee report so as to give the former president and his vice their due.


He was not sure when the report which was submitted to the president last week will reach Parliament for consideration and approval.


Mr Ablakwa however expressed the hope that the report will be laid before the House before it rises for the session, and appealed to the august House to dicuss the report well so that the public will be satisfied on the report.


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