Wednesday, January 11, 2017

After public outrage, Ghana's Mahama withdraws request to keep official residence

After causing huge controversy, Ghana's immediate past President John Dramani Mahama has decided to let go of the house he occupied while he was in office.

The former president wanted to keep it as his retirement package.

Mr Mahama had refused to leave the state bungalow despite the expiration of his tenure, saying he reached agreement with new the President's team to remain there.

But a rebuttal from President Akufo-Addo’s camp suggested otherwise.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) side of the Transition Team rejected the outrageous request.

Yaw Osafo Mafo from Mr Akufo-Addo's team said the request was not approved.

"We have not approved of his request, and I want to repeat we have received the request and the requests are two - for him to be given his ex-gratia where he lives and also be given another property as his office," Mr Mafo was quoted by the Daily Guide newspaper as saying.

Mr Mahama's failure to vacate the house when his term ended on Saturday has caused huge controversy in Ghana.

Critics say his continued presence there is unlawful and has also left incoming Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia without an official residence.

Officials have insisted that Mr Mahama's request to stay on, and also receive an office, were not approved.

In a letter dated January 10, 2017 and signed by the former President, Mr. Mahama said the request for the continuous stay in the facility has been withdrawn.

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