Double Salary: How different are you from an ordinary Ghanaian who steals? – O.B. Amoah

Sources: Ghanaweb.com

Deputy Local Government Minister, O.B Amoah has questioned why minority members are quick to tag every effort of government to investigate seemingly shady deals that have to do with officials from their party as witch-hunting efforts targeted at marring their reputation.

He wonders how such lawmakers and high public officials will be able to fight the same cause for justice and prosecution if persons given under their care; the ordinary citizen, are found indulging in corruption and or looting state resources.

Speaking on TV3’s NewDay show Saturday, Mr. Amoah was unimpressed by the constant efforts by minority members to depict government as ‘evil’ whenever the need arose to investigate any alleged acts of corruption involving their administration. He argued that it is rather irresponsible and bias for them to want to ‘cover up’ every shady deal of theirs as top public officers when they would push for investigation and prosecution if any ordinary citizen is found culpable of indulging in corruption or extortion of any kind.

Accepting the issues as they are and cooperating with the appropriate security agencies for investigations to be done and the truth ascertained according to O.B. Amoah, should be the foremost priority of every public official.

“That attitude of everything police wants to investigate when it doesn’t suit us then we say it is government that is behind it, I think we should be very careful about it.

“It’s just like if money is mistakenly deposited in your account, if you go for it, the bank will come after you for their money. If you look at the report of the John Mahama committee, August 2016, there is a point that they made here ‘the salary of all MPs should be processed by parliamentary service and difference between the salary of MPs and Ministers and Deputies should be processed by Accountant General, so it’s a difference Controller and Accountant, if anything should be paying to you but if you have the bulk from parliament and the bulk from Controller, then you should know there is a problem and if you do it for four good years and you say they are still determining my salary, then it means there is a problem and it is for you then to assist the system to see how all these came about and if there’s a refund, you refund”.

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