Former Ghanaian President-John Dramani Mahama has come under fire–as Ghanaians both online and offline have been tearing into him what many claim as a greedy attempt to take with him into retirement a bungalow he stayed in while he was the president.
For the last three days, the Ghanaian social media landscape and radio waves have been filled with arguments for and against John Mahama’s request to the new Akufo Addo’s government to sort of fulfil a promise to allow him to continue to reside at his presidential bungalow at Cantonments, Accra.
Ex-president John Mahama, in a letter dated December 19 and signed by his chief of staff, Julius Debrah, had requested that the property at No. 3 Prestige Link, Cantonments and its adjoining facilities, which he has been occupying for the past eight years, should be alloted to him as his retirement home.
Following complaints by Ghanaians and many others asking the new government not to hand over the residence, John Dramani Mahama has decided to withdraw his request.
In a letter addressed to the current President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and dated Tuesday, January 10 2017, he said the request is threatening the spirit of cooperation between the two parties to the transition and thus he would like to withdraw it.
Interestingly, Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II was copied into the letter–sparking social media conversation as to why Mahama decided to copy the Asante King into this letter–by officially bringing the matter to his attention.
Though there has no been any official response to this unusual happening, several people on social media are claiming that Asantehene was copied into the letter because when Ghana’s new president-Akufo Addo agreed to let ex-president Mahama have the Cantonments residence as his retirement home, the Asante King was there–therefore he serves as a witness.