The office of the former President, John Mahama in a statement issued by the Special Aide to the former President, Joyce Bawah Mogtari, has denied claims that he took GH¢ 14 million as ex-gratia payment in 2013.
“President Mahama never took any such ex-gratia payment of GH¢14 million in 2013 or at any other time during his 25 years of service.”
This is in response to the Bono Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwame Baffoe, popularly known as Abronye DC’s allegations statement.
“We urge the public to ignore the unintelligent rants of Kwame Baffoe who has gained notoriety for fabricating and propagating falsehood on behalf of Nana Akufo–Addo against John Mahama. His claims are false. 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,” the statement said.
The Office of the former president challenged anyone who doubts to go to the Office of the Chief of Staff or the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department for records.
“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,” the statement said.
Kwame Baffoe had alleged that Mahama took home the “fattest” ex gratia of GH¢14 million in 2013.
It stated that the allegation by Kwame Baffoe 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 the 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.”