There is still so much debate going on as to whether spouses of the president and Vice president should receive allowances. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Information Minister has argued that it was not the Executive that decided this but rather Parliament. Rockson Dafeamekor has however maintained that when it came to Parliament the Minority spoke against it but at the end of the day a voice vote went in favor of the Majority.
Kojo Twum Boafo, a former CEO of the Ghana Free Zones and Kweku Baako joined Randy Abbey today, Thursday, July 8, 2021 on ‘Good Morning Ghana’. They discussed the debate regarding allowances for the spouses of the First and Second Gentlemen of the land. According to Mr. Baako, there is nothing wrong with it because it is an old practice which is being formalized. He called on the Minority to go to court if they don’t agree.
“They can decide to go to court. The Executive dies not determine their privileges. It goes back to Parliament. I am not sure there is any parliamentarian out there who is ready to speak about this issue. The issue is here how to do it without violating the constitution. People with good sense will understand this” Kweku Baako said.
According to Kweku Baako, this practice has persisted a long time and no one has complained about it. In answering Randy’s question of what if presidents have multiple wives, Mr. Baako boldly added that the law then must define to accommodate just one of the wives.
On ‘PM Express’ yesterday, Rockson Dafeamekor insisted that he will be filing a Supreme Court suit today to challenge this mode of payment. His colleague Opare Addo, the NDC National organizer also said they have started preparations to challenge this in court.