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Attorney General sued over salaries for First and Second Lady

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• The spouses of the president and the vice have been included in the salary structure for Article 71 holders

• Rockson Nelson-Dafeamekpor and Dr Clement Apaak have sued the AG

• They were joined by one Frederick Nii Commey

Two NDC MPs have sued the Attorney General (AG) of Ghana over parliament’s approval of salaries for Rebecca Akufo-Addo and Samira Bawumia.

The MPs are Rockson Nelson-Dafeamekpor of South Dayi and Dr Clement Apaak of Builsa South.

The suit has been joined by Frederick Nii Commey to file the case at the Supreme Court of Ghana against the AG.

According to a Joy News report sighted by GhanaWeb, the plaintiffs are seeking:

1. The reliefs are first, a declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of Article 71(1) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, the Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee appointed by the President under Article 71(1), only had jurisdiction to make recommendations in respect of salaries, allowances payable, facilities and privileges of Article 71 office holders under the 1992 Constitution.

2. A further declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of Article 71(1) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, the Prof Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee had no jurisdiction, mandate or authority to make any recommendations in respect of salaries, allowances payable, facilities and privileges of persons other than persons specified under Article 71 of 1992 Constitution.

3. A declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of Article 71(1) of the 1992 Constitution, the Prof Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee exceeded its jurisdiction, mandate and authority when it purported to make recommendations in respect of privileges, facilities, salaries and allowances payable to the 1ST and 2nd Ladies of the Republic of Ghana.

4. A further declaration that the recommendations of the Committee, to the extent that it pertains to the 1st and 2nd Ladies of the Republic of Ghana, are null, void and of no effect.

5. A declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of the Constitution, 1992, spouses of the President and the Vice President are not Article 71 office holders for the purposes of receipt of wages and emoluments.

6. An order declaring the recommendations in respect of privileges, facilities, salaries and allowances payable to the 1st and 2nd Ladies of the Republic of Ghana as unconstitutional and void.

7. An order restraining the President of the Republic of Ghana or any other arm, ministry, department or agency of the executive, from implementing any recommendations of the Prof Ntiamoah-Baidu Committee which pertains to the 1st and 2nd Ladies of the Republic of Ghana.

8. Any further Order(s) or direction(s) as this Honourable Court may deem necessary.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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