Samira Bawumia follows First Lady’s move, pledges refund of allowances paid

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    The Second Lady, Mrs. Samira Bawumia has announced her rejection of all emoluments approved by Parliament. She has also announced that she would refund all allowances paid to her since 2017.

    A statement signed by a Senior Aide to the Second Lady indicates that she “will refund all allowances paid to her since 2017 and will not accept any monies allocated to her pursuant to the recommendations of the Prof. Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu led committee as approved by Parliament on 6th January, 2021.”

    This development follows only a day after the First Lady promised to refund some GHS899,097.84 paid to her since 2017.

    The first lady indicated in a statement released on 12th July, 2021 that her decision to refund the money was “a purely personal decision, without prejudice to the rights of others, and not to undermine the propriety of the process undertaken by Parliament,”

    She argued that receiving the allowances in the first place was because such an arrangement already existed and “was made to previous First Ladies in the course of the 4th Republic, prior to [her] becoming the First Lady.”

    Meanwhile, the Trades Union Congress had criticized the recommendation of the Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee, noting that the wives of Presidents and Vice Presidents were not assigned any specific roles in the constitution to legitimize any such payments.

    The Former President, John Dramani Mahama had also registered his opposition to the move, noting in a statement that President Akufo-Addo was trying to “sneak the First and Second Ladies into the Article 71 office holders’ group.”