The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service have been challenged to reactivate and hasten investigations into a criminal report it filed some four years against Members of Parliament of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) over an alleged double salary case. The parliamentarians; Inusah Fuseini (former MP-Tamale Central), Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe-Ghansah (MP- Ada) and Eric Opoku (MP- Asunafo South, and former Brong Ahafo Regional Minister) are accused of taking double salaries as Ministers and as Parliamentarians between the year 2012 and 2016.
In its report, the CID reference that these parliamentarians and some others stand accused of stealing from the state. The criminal investigative body cited that the conduct of these politicians is contrary to Section 124 (1) of the Criminal and other Offences Act 1960 (Act 29), as amended in 2012, Act 849.
Angered by the seeming delay in prosecuting these politicians, the Convenor of Fixing the Country Movement, Ernest Owusu Bempah says the reluctance of the CID in advancing their case is problematic. He explained that there is ample evidence to nail these politicians and bring some closure to the matter.
“It has been over 4 years and we've still not seen any action taken by the Attorney General and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to bring finality to the matter.
“We're livid over the inactions of the law enforcement agencies to ensure that the full might of the law is brought to bear on the culprits. A crime must never be overlooked no matter the persons involved.”
Mr Owusu Bempah argued that inaction of the investigative body to prosecute the case will birth a rather corrupt system and impunity in our politics and governance. He reiterated that it shall be in the interest of the country and the rule of law to have these NDC parliamentarians and all others named in the investigative report hauled before the court.
“The impression of impunity may encourage others to take the same route and it may ultimately lead to the destruction of the fabric of the State,” he stressed.
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