Kwame Baffoe Abronye, a member of the ruling New Patriotic Party, has taken the government to court over salaries for the President's and Vice President's spouses. The lawsuit was filed on July 8, 2021.
The government decided on Wednesday, July 7, to implement an emolument committee's suggestion to ensure that the President and Vice President's wives are paid for their positions every month. According to Citi News, Abronye filed an application with the Supreme Court on Thursday, July 8, 2021, seeking the Justices to declare the ruling unconstitutional.
He cites the case of the presidential wives not being Article 71 officeholders for his suit. “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,” reads part of the writ.
A declaration that, per article 71 (1) and (2), the position of the First and Second Ladies of Ghana do not fall under the category of public officeholders."Mr. Abronye further claimed that the Emoluments Committee went above its jurisdiction by recommending emoluments for presidential spouses, claiming that the committee's mandate was confined to assessing "only public officeholders' wages and other benefits and privileges."
Mr. Abronye further claimed that the Emoluments Committee went above its jurisdiction by recommending emoluments for public officials. Abronye DC is using this case to use the Supreme Court's original jurisdiction to interpret Article 71 of the 1992 Constitution.
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