The New Patriotic Party (NPP) member Kwame Baffoe said that former President John Dramani Mahama “…took home the fattest ex-gratia of GH14 million in 2013,” according to the Office of Former President John Dramani Mahama. This assertion is false and scurrilous, the office claims.
In a statement, the office implores the public to ignore what it called the illogical ranting of the aforementioned Kwame Baffoe, who has garnered reputation for creating and disseminating false information against John Mahama on behalf of Nana Akufo-Addo.
Furthermore, it claims that President Mahama never accepted an ex-gratia payment of GH14 million in 2013 or at any other time throughout his 25 years of admirable public service.
Fortunately, ex-gratia payments are public information and may be found at the Controller and Accountant General’s Department or the Chief of Staff’s office.
It challenges the Chief of Staff’s office and the Presidency to show documentation of the payment of any such sum and to stop spreading misinformation through idle miscreants within their ranks.
It will be astonishing if any such payment had been made to the former President and had not been noted in any of the several Auditor General’s reports submitted to Parliament since 2013, according to the statement signed by the Special Aide to the former president, Joyce Bawa Mogtari.
“We know that it is a stock in trade of President Akufo-Addo and his cronies to launch a campaign of calumny and false allegations against the personality of President Mahama anytime they have their backs against the wall.” It adds.
“As usual, this latest falsehood is 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 continues.
“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.”
“The NDC is also committed to the implementation of a review of the 1992 Constitution, which should among others, place a cap on the number of Supreme Court Justices and face the issues of Article 71 head on.” the statement comcludes.
Full statement below