Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, Karbo And 63 Others Adamant…..
The Herald’s impeccable sources in Parliament, have revealed that some ministers in the Akufo-Addo government, who double as Members of Parliament (MPs) have started returning the rent allowances they clandestinely pocketed, despite living in state bungalows.
George Andah and Abena Osei Asare of the Communications and Finance Ministries respectively, have been mentioned as the two Deputy Ministers, who have returned monies they collected unlawfully.
Details are sketchy, but The Herald is informed that, some other ministers are also making frantic effort to pay back the monies. Majority Leader and Minister of Parliament Affairs, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, and others are said to be unyielding in returning the monies.
The ministers and deputy minsters numbering almost 70, this paper revealed few weeks ago, had pocketed nearly GHC90, 000.
The state provides the ministers accommodation or rent allowance in lieu of it by virtue of their roles.
Parliament also pays rent allowance to the MPs who are not Ministers. The collection of the Parliamentary rent allowance by the ministers of the Akufo-Addo government who are also Parliamentarians, therefore, amounts to double payment.
Ghana’s financial laws, bar double payments and the rent allowance scandal has led to calls on the criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to commence investigations into the matter with the view to bringing criminal charges against the offending MPs.
The CID is, however, yet to give indication that it will look into the matter, prompting accusations of political bias from leading opposition figures, who have compared the lackadaisical attitude of the CID towards the rent allowance scandal to the alacrity with which it questioned NDC MPs, who have been accused of drawing double salaries, despite fierce denials from them.
Below are the names of Ministers who collected the rent allowance, while living in state bungalows….
- Abena Osei-Asare- Deputy Minister for Finance
- Abubakar Boniface Siddique – Minister for Inner Cities and Zongo Development
- Alima Mahama – Minister for Local Government and Rural Development
- Ambrose Dery – Minister for Interior
- Andy Kwame Appiah-Kubi – Deputy Minister for Railway Development
- Anthony Akoto Osei – Ministry for Monitoring and Evaluation
- Anthony Karbo – Deputy Minister for Roads and Highways
- Barbara Asher Ayisi – Deputy Minister for Education
- Barbara Oteng-Gyasi – Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources
- Benito Owusu-Bio – Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources
- Bright Wireko-Brobby – Deputy Minister for Employment and Labour Relations
- Bryan Acheampong – Minister of State at the Office of the President
- Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah – Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry
- Catherine Ablema Afeku- Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts
15 Daniel Kweku Botwe – Minister for Regional Reorganisation and Development
- Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover- Deputy Minister for Transport
- Dominic Bingab Aduna Nitiwul – Minister for Defence
- Elizabeth Afoley Quaye – Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture
- Eric Kwakye Darfour – Minister for Eastern Region
- Eugene Boakye Antwi- Deputy Minister for Works and Housing
- Evans Bobie Opoku – Deputy Minister for Brong Ahafo Region
- Francis Kingsley Ato Cudjoe – Deputy Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture
- Frank FuseiniAdong – Deputy Minister for Upper East
24 Freda Prempeh – Deputy Minister for Works and Housing
- George Boahen Oduro – Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture
- George Nenyi Andah – Deputy Minister for Communications
- George Yaw Gyan-Baffour- Minister for Planning
- GiftyTwum-Ampofo – Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection
- Henry Quartey – Deputy Minister for Interior
- Ignatius Bafuor Awuah – Minister of Employment and Labour Relations
- Isaac Kwame Asiamah – Minister for Youth and Sports
- Joe Ghartey – Minister for Railway Development
- Joseph Cudjoe – Deputy Minister for Energy and Petroleum
- Joseph Dindiok Kpemka – Deputy Minister for Office of Attorney General and Ministry of Justice 35.Joseph Kofi Adda – Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources
- Joseph Tetteh – Deputy Minister for Eastern Region
- Kingsley Aboagye-Gyedu – Deputy Minister for Health
- Kojo Oppong Nkrumah – Deputy Minister for Information
- Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah – Deputy Minister for Aviation
- Kwabena Owusu Aduomi – Deputy Minister for Roads and Highways
- Kwaku Afriyie – Deputy Minister for Western Region
- Kwaku Agyemang-Manu – Minister for Health
- Kwaku Agyenim-Boateng – Deputy Minister for Railway Development
- Kwasi Amoako-Attah – Minister for Roads and Highways
- Kwasi BoatengAdjei – Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development
- Matthew Opoku Prempeh – Minister for Education
- Mavis Hawa Koomson – Minister for Special Development Initiative
- Michael Yaw Gyato – Deputy Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources
- Mohammad Habibu Tijani – Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs
- Nana DokuaAsiamah-Adjei – Deputy Minister for Information
51.Osei Bonsu Amoah – Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development
- Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu – Minister for Parliamentary Affairs
- Patricia Appiagyei – Deputy Minister for Environment, Science and Technology
- Patrick Yaw Boamah – Deputy Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources
- Paul Essien – Deputy Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs5
- Sagre Bambangi – Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture
- Samuel Atta Akyea – Minister for Works and Housing
- Sarah Adwoa Safo – Minister of State at the Office of the President in charge of Public Procurement, 59.Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey – Minister for Foreign Affairs
- Solomon Namliit Boar – Deputy Minister for Northern Region
61.TinaGifty Naa Ayeley Mensah – Deputy Minister for Health
- Ursula Owusu Ekuful – Minister for Communications
- Vincent Sowah Odotei – Deputy Minister for Communications
- William Agyapong Quaittoo – Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture
- William Owuraku Aidoo – Deputy Minister for Energy and Petroleum
- Yaw Osei Adutwum, Deputy Minister for Education
- Ziblim Barri Iddi – Deputy Minister for Tourism, Culture and