President Mills last week stirred Parliament and riled Members of the legislative body by reportedly cutting their emoluments. Insider information indicate there was anger and trepidation in the House when the cut was announced.
Parliament had a closed door sitting last Friday to consider a number of urgent matters, with the issue of the emoluments being obviously the most topical. For their ex gratia, MPs were entitled to four months’ salary of each year served but that, according to sources, has been cut down to three months now and MPs are livid about the move.
House Speaker Joyce Bamford-Addo said there was nothing she could about the situation. MPs are said to planning to retaliate by cutting the emoluments of the executive. MP for Lower Manya Krobo, Mr Michael Teye Nyaunu told Joy News he is prepared to join his colleague to oppose the decision.
He said the president had set himself on a collision course with Parliament.
“The benefits that the executive arm enjoys, Parliamentarians do not enjoy half of it…and this is just not good,” he stated.