Police took election duty allowance not bribes – IGP replies Mahama

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The police administration on Monday, 30 November 2020, debunked an allegation peddled by the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr John Mahama during one of his campaign tours that the men and women in uniform were being bribed by the Akufo-Addo government to vote for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

“I have received information that officers are being bribed with GHS1,000.00 to vote for the NPP… If you have performed, you would not be paying to be voted for,” Mr Mahama, who is also a former President said.

But Mr James Oppong-Boanuh, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said those assertions were palpable falsehoods, unfounded and calculated to denigrate the institution of the police service.

He explained that the monies given to the officers were their election duty allowance, which, hitherto, were paid after the officers had completed their election assignment – a situation which, according to him, sometimes affect their morale in the performance of that special national duty.

Mr Oppong-Boanuh said those monies were now being paid directly into the officers’ accounts, unlike previously when they were paid on tabletops, which could be subject to abuse and other short-changes.

He said the monies were basically GHS100.00 a day for five days and that the extra GHS100.00 which made up the total of GHS600.00, was intended to be used by the officers to sew their uniforms.

According to Mr Oppong-Boanuh, the uniforms had been distributed to them, but were not sewn due to the consignment of uniforms arriving late, making it impossible for tailors of the service to sew them.

He said the monies given to them were a routine duty allowance and not what Mr Mahama and other politicians in the NDC claim it is, adding that there was a similar disbursement during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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