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There is no legal basis for paying allowances to spouses of President and Vice – Emoluments Committee

 

 

 

In the last few days, public discussion on whether or not spouses of the President and Vice President should be paid salaries, has intensified.

This was after government indicated that Parliament has approved the report of the Emoluments Committee.

Already, two suits have been filed seeking to halt the payments.

 

 

 

Joy Research’s digging into the work of the Emoluments Committee found that it actually recommended that the existing module of paying the spouses without a legal basis should be regularised. This has since not been done.

 

 

 

“The Administration of President Kufuor introduced the extension of courtesies, including the payment of monthly allowances to spouses of former Heads of State/Presidents/Vice Presidents. Subsequent administrations have continued the gesture and even extended them to incumbent First and Second ladies.

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