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Speaking on Pan African TV’s morning program, ‘Good Morning Africa’, Mr. Pratt spoke against the politicization, of the issues of the salary payments for the First and Second Ladies in the country.
According to him, the arguments against the payments of salaries of president’s wives were started by people who are not members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and so; he sees no reason for the politicization of the topic.
Mr. Pratt Jnr. Again stated that; he personally has heard many people, including members of New Patriotic Party (NPP), speak against the salary payment of First and Second Ladies; and so why has the argument turned into an NDC versus NPP issues. “They should stop this childishness…we are not interested in that”, he added.
Some other notable people who also expressed concern over the issue is the Executive Director of CDD, Professor Henry Kwesi. According to him, “If Government wants to pay First and/or Second Spouses from the public fisc, it must introduce a Bill to that effect. The clear import of Articles 108 and 178 of the Constitution is that 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 duly passed into law. The political class cannot use the Article 71 process to smuggle in salaries or allowances for First and Second Spouses”.
Can the issue of payment of salaries for presidential wives be handled without politics setting in? Should they even be paid at all?
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