Vice President of IMANI Ghana, Mr Kofi Bentil says President Mahama should be faulted for parliament’s decision to reject proposal to review Prof. Awurama Addy Committee's salary recommendations for the executive.
He said everything would have been sorted out by now if the president had rejected the recommendations when they first came to his notice before it went to Parliament.
“The president has already made the worst mistake he could have made in this particular situation: that’s what we said earlier when this thing broke. He should have rejected the findings or recommendations of that committee when it landed on his table; and the excuse that he didn’t know about it wouldn’t wash.”
With the proposed salary increases, the president would have earned 12, 000 cedis monthly, while his vice takes home 10,500. Other ministers and deputy ministers would have earned between 8,000 and 9,000 cedis.
The President had wanted a review on that following a huge public backlash, but Parliament on Thursday rejected the proposal from President John Mahama.
Mr Bentil told Joy FM's Top Story, the decision taken by Parliament was “not surprising to me”.
Parliament should not be expected to reject something they themselves have approved, he explained.
“I don’t think everybody is going to be surprised because we think that when it comes to salary raises, the history has been that there would be unanimity in parliament, they would award themselves huge sums of money and pay it to themselves.”
He said the increments are “not morally justifiable” and warned that if the recommendations go through, government would not be able to satisfy the demand of every worker, even in the wake of the Single Spine Salary Structure.
Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for Esikuma Odobeng Brakwa, PC Appiah Ofori told Joy News the President’s request was unconstitutional and deserved to be thrown out.
With Parliament’s rejection of his request today, the President has been left with two options: either to accept the pay increases or start the whole executive emoluments review process afresh with the setting up of a presidential committee on emoluments.