Considering how harsh the NDC dealt with former president-John Agyekum Kufuor over his own accommodation when he left office as the president of Ghana, one would think he will be rejoicing in the President Mahama accommodation saga–and be pushing for him to be thrown out.
However, reports say, J.A Kufuor sort of thinks president Mahama should be given a place he has chosen–and in this case, the said Cantonments residence he has picked.
3News has reported that, “Former President John Agyekum Kufour has seemingly endorsed ex-president John Mahama’s decision to choose a particular bungalow where he wants to stay as part of his retirement package.”
The website added: “According to Mr. Kufour, any president leaving office should be allowed to choose where he wants to live. Spokesperson for Mr. Kufour, Frank Agyekum in an interview with 3Fm said his boss believes that former presidents should have a say in where they would live after retirement.”
The spokesperson of former President Kufour said the ex-president believes “what’s at stake is that president Mahama has made a choice and that is how it should be. The president must choose and there should be negotiations.”
“All these things are done for the dignity of the office not the individual so whether you like the person or not the office must be honored and president Kufour’s view is that the president must have a choice in where he wants to stay but he leaves it to the government to decide.”
He said former President Kufour has still not been given his official accommodation as an ex-president and still lives in his old residence at Dzorwulu in Accra even though a house was proposed to him.
“He declined to accept it because he was not consulted before it was acquired,” Agyekum added.
Mr. Agyekum also said that J. A Kufuor “hasn’t received any house. We know that the committee has recommended one but it has not been done. 3 to 4 years ago, the government came up with a house at TRASSACO but he rejected it because he was not consulted on it. Later he was given a land site to build his choice but government is yet to do that.”