VIDEO: I’ve not received any ex-gratia, I pay for everything myself- Mahama laments
John Dramani Mahama has spoken out about the rights he has been denied as President of the Republic.
After being denied his ex-gratia, the former President claims he is still paying for basic necessities and other utilities, a position he finds incomprehensible.
In an interview with TV3, John Dramani revealed that the only cash he receives from the state is his monthly pension.
“I just collect my monthly pension, just like President Kufuor, and ex-President Rawlings did before he died.” “That’s all I’ve got,” he stated emphatically.
Mr. Mahama said that he pays for his own energy, water, home and office space, petrol, flights, and healthcare, among other things, with no help from the government.
“I pay my house and office’s power bill, as well as my house and office’s water bill.” Because I reside in my own home, the government does not pay me for housing. They have not provided me with an office; instead, I rent an office in East Cantonments and pay the rent myself. I pay for my own gasoline; the government does not provide it to me. “I pay my own domestic staff, my own medical costs, and my own flight tickets when I travel,” the former president bemoaned.
On the purported payment of ex-gratia by the Bono Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwame Baffoe, better known as Abronye DC, John Mahama repeated that he never accepted GH14 million as ex-gratia in 2013.
“He [Abronye DC] claims that GH14 million was deposited into my ADB account in 2013.” That is a complete untruth. The sole payment given to me by the government’s accountant general in 2013 was my salary arrears of GH230,000. My bank statement does not show a GH14 million payment. I did not get such a payment.”
The outgoing President vowed a few weeks ago that the incoming National Democratic Congress (NDC) government will push a revision of the 1992 constitution to address concerns such as ex-gratia payments and judicial reform.