CHRIS-VINCENT Writes: Though Not A President–Ghana’s Former President-John Mahama Wants to Keep His Presidential Residence As Part of His Leaving Benefits

President Mahama

President Mahama

No matter how you construct the sentence, it leaves a bitter taste in your mouth–I mean, how can a whole former Minister of State who later became a Vice-President and then a President somewhat claims he will be homeless if the state does not gift him a house he lived in while in office as a president.

This is embarrassing to President Mahama–that’s if what he is telling us is that after all these many years of work, he could not build a decent house where he will house his family on retirement.

And it’s not only an embarrassment to president Mahama, the whole convention which requires Ghanaians to find residential and office accommodations for well-paid politicians once they leave office ought to be re-examined. 

Former presidents Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kuffuor are said to be benefiting from this accommodation convention–therefore it’s reasonable that John Mahama also gets his fair share of it.

However, John Mahama seems to be cunning with his approach–he wants a specific residence, the one he lived in as a President. It seems he intends to live ‘large’ as a President while he is not the President of the land.

It’s somewhat shocking that the supporting conversations seem to suggest that the former President would become homeless if he’s not given a state bungalow for free, as part of his ‘unjustifiable’ end of Service package.mahama_house1-custom

With all these in focus, I don’t understand why anyone would want to become anything else in Ghana apart from a politician–you get almost everything for free.

Yesterday, former Communications Minister Omane Boamah said in a statement that ex-President Mahama had been given the green light to occupy his Cantonments official residence as his retirement home by the transitional team.

Following this, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, spokesperson for the NPP’s government’s side of the transition team has stated that former President John Mahama has in fact asked for permission to keep the said residence but a decision on this has not been yet made.

Mr. Oppong Nkrumah added that  “in the shortest possible time”, a decision in relation to this will be made by the NPP government.

Individuals from both sides of the coin who are for and against Mahama’s request are at the throats of each other on social media–forgetting to ask the important question: how can a whole President not have a desirable place built by himself to live on retirement when ordinary Ghanaians who earn far less plan for this?

For me, the political convention of providing residential housing for former Heads of States is absurd–it should be scrapped.

Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, Editor

Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri is the Founding Editor of GhanaCelebrities.Com , a Film Critic and a Human Rights Advocate; holds a masters degree in International Human Rights Law (LL.M), holds a degree in Law (LL.B), and he’s currently at Nottingham Law School, studying for his Legal Practice Course (with a second masters degree in Law) to practise as a UK Solicitor--he's a Professional Truth Sayer. He is also the author of the popular eBook “Success is a Right, Not A Privilege.” Contact:

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Juicenet says:

He didn’t build his dream home because he had planned on rigging the election, so he could stay again and steal all the money in Ghana. Am sure he weren’t prepared for this loss. Anyways I hope they evict him ASAP because a state residence cannot be given to an Individual. No one in Ghana is above the law so he should respect the entire citizens and evacuate.

Pee says:

Wow!!! No wonder Africa would never make it out of poverty. We give our presidents 2 houses when their term ends. How long can we sustain this…even the richest countries on earth don’t engage in such extravagance. Wow is all I can say.

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