40 former MPs sue Gov’t over unpaid Ex-Gratia, close to Ghc10m

Forty (40) former Members of Parliament, who served under the Kufuor Administration, have sued the Attorney-General and the Ministry of Finance over pensions owed them, demanding at least GHc 233,495 each.

Among the plaintiffs are the Senior Minister in the Nana Akufo-Addo administration, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, the acting New Patriotic Party (NPP) Chairman, Freddie Blay and Kwamena Bartels.

The initial lump sum was said to be GHc 13,735 per plaintiff, but interest accrued on the amount from January 2009 to February 2016 raises the amount to GHc 233,495.

That would mean government would have to give out almost GHc 10 million to settle the former MPs.

The plaintiff’s claim is anchored on one of the recommendations by the Chinery-Hesse Committee Report, which says that persons who exited Parliament, having served two full term periods and are above 50 years, should be paid some sums of money as pension benefits.

Among the other reliefs, the disgruntled former MPs are also praying the court refund their legal bills.

The former MPs have since 2011 been negotiating with government regarding the pensions, but the attempts to have their demands met have proved futile.

They noted in their writ that, in a letter dated June 25, 2015, the Attorney General directed the Ministry of Finance to make the payments, but the Minister of Finance at the time refused, neglected or failed to make the payments as directed.

The former MPs said the conduct of the Finance Minister caused them much distress and suffering, as most of them are unemployed and unable to sustain their families as their advanced age made it difficult to find employment.

Find below the list of former MPs

  1. David Apasera
  2. Dr. Charles Brempong-Yeboah
  3. Francis Aggrey Agbotese
  4. Nii Adu Daku Mante
  5. Kwame Adusa Okerchiri
  6. Godfred Otchere
  7. Moses Dani Baah
  8. K. Brandford Adu
  9. Victor Okuley Nortey
  10. Yaw Barimah
  11. Kwadwo Darko Adjei
  12. Samuel Gyamfi Adu
  13. Joseph Tsatsu Agbenu
  14. Eugene Atta Agyapong
  15. Abraham Osei Aidoo
  16. Dr. Kwame Ampofo
  17. Dr. Matthew Kwaku Antwi
  18. Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku
  19. Yaw Mensah Asiedu
  20. Angela Baiden-Amissah
  21. Kwamena Bartels
  22. Freddie W.A. Blay
  23. Sampson Boafo
  24. Chrisitne Churcher
  25. Kenneth Dzirasah
  26. Isaac E. Edumadze
  27. Nkrabea Effah Dartey
  28. Kwame Owusu Frimpong
  29. Kitson Akomeng Kissi
  30. Joseph Henry Mensah
  31. Mrs Anna Nyamakye
  32. Albert Kwaku Obbin
  33. Yaw Osafo-Maafo
  34. Francis Mensah Osafo
  35. Akwasi Adjei Osei
  36. K. Owusu Adjapong
  37. K. Opoku Adusei
  38. Quarm Sam
  39. Alex Sofo Seidu
  40. Alhassa Malik Yakubu

Source: Ghana | Citi News

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