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

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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.

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Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri is the Founding Editor of GhanaCelebrities.Com , a Film Critic and a Human Rights Advocate; he holds 2 masters degrees in Law; International Human Rights Law (LL.M) and Legal Practice Course (LL.M) from University of Leicester and Nottingham Law School--and also a degree in Law (LL.B) from University of East London. He's a Professional Truth Sayer. He is the author of the popular eBook “Success is a Right, Not A Privilege.” Contact:

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