The offices of the Chief of Staff and the Presidency have been challenged by former President John Dramani Mahama to show proof that he has ever received GH14 million in ex gratia.
The former president, according to his special aide Joyce Bawa Mogtari, did not receive such a sum in 2013 or at any other point during his 25 years of “distinguished” public service.
This was stated in a reaction to claims made by Kwame Baffoe, better known by his stage as Abronye DC, the chairman of the Bono Region of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), in a statement made by Madam Bawa Mogtari on Monday, September 5.
Mr. Mahama allegedly received the “fattest” ex gratia payment of GH14 million in 2013, according to Abronye DC.
“We urge the public to ignore the unintelligent rants of the said Kwame Baffoe who has gained notoriety for fabricating and propagating falsehood on behalf of Nana Akufo–Addo against John Mahama. His claims are false.”
The Office of John Dramani urged anyone who was in doubt to get records from the Controller and Accountant-Department General’s or the Office of the Chief of Staff as evidence.
“It will be surprising if any such payment had been made to the former President and has not been reflected in any of the numerous Auditor General’s reports presented to Parliament since 2013.”
Madam Bawa Mogtari, also a former Minister of Transport, stated that the allegation by Abronye is only “a failed decoy to suppress the national discussions about the hardship Ghanaians are going through because of the clueless, inept, hopeless incompetence and poor governance of the Akufo–Addo and Bawumia administration”.
“It is a porous response to John Mahama’s promise to urgently re–look and review issues related to the emoluments of Article 71 office holders including ex–gratia payments.
“We want to reiterate the points made by President Mahama recently that a next NDC Government will run an administration with a leaner government and far less ministers than Ghana has ever seen and ensure a cut in waste and exercise of frugality in everything Government does.”
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