The Minority in Parliament has charged the Auditor General to investigate the accounts of the First and Second Ladies of Ghana following their decision to refund the allowances paid them since the assumption of the Akufo-Addo regime in January, 2017.
Addressing the press on Tuesday July 13, Deputy Minority Leader, James Klutse Avedzi stated that the Auditor should also verify the source of the refunded monies from the Presidential spouses.
He also stressed that the country must be aware if the monies paid to the presidential spouses were spent or sitting in their respective accounts. In the last few days, public discussions on the emoluments for presidential spouses have intensified after government indicated that Parliament has approved the report of the Emolument Committee.
In the face of the raging debates and controversies, the First Lady, indicated her decision her decision to refund all monies paid to her since her husband took office as President of the Republic, describing some of the reactions as distasteful and seeking to portray her as a ‘venal, self -serving and self – centered’ woman who is insensitive to the plight of Ghanaians.
In a press release from the Office of the First Lady, Communications Director, Korkoe Bleboo stated that the First Lady has decided not to accept any monies and that she is doing this ” as a purely personal decision, without prejudice to the rights of others, and not to undermine the propriety of the process undertaken by Parliament.”
In a similar fashion, the Second Lady, Samira Bawumia has also refunded monies paid to her since assumption of office.