Osafo Marfo, Freddie Blay, others sue gov’t

Forty former lawmakers including current Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Marfo and acting chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) Freddie Blay have sued the Attorney General and the Finance Ministry over their pensions.

The ex-MPs, who served during the Kufuor administration, are demanding at least GHc 233,495 each, totaling Gh¢10 million (including interest).

According to the plaintiffs, the Chinery-Hesse Committee Report recommended that persons who exited Parliament, having served two full terms and are above 50 years, are entitled to pension benefits. The plaintiffs are arguing in their writ that the initial lump sum was GHc 13,735 per head, but interest accrued on the amount from January 2009 to February 2016 ballooning the figure to GHc 233,495.

They mentioned that the Attorney General had directed the Ministry of Finance in a letter dated June 25, 2015 to make the payments, but the latter refused to act on it, causing them “much distress and suffering.”

Below is the full list of the plaintiffs:

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