Former President John Mahama has said that the Akufo-Addo led-administration has refused to provide him the benefits to which he is entitled as the former head of state.
He claims that the government has denied him the right to receive benefits like free utilities, which he is entitled to because he had held the nation’s highest post.
Last Monday, the former president’s office denied allegations that he accepted an ex-gratia payment of GHC 14 million in 2013.
Former President “never collected any such ex-gratia payment of GH14 million in 2013 or at any other time throughout his 25 years of service,” according to a statement signed by Special Aide Joyce Bawah Mogtari.
The office was responding to claims made by Kwame Baffoe, also known as Abronye DC and the Bono Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
In an interview with TV3, the former president Mahama stated he had to pay his own expenditures, which the government was supposed to cover.
“…I receive only my monthly pension like President Kufuor, President Rawlings was receiving until he died, that’s all I get. I pay electricity bills for my house, office, I pay water bills for my house and office, and I live in my own accommodation so the state does not pay me anything for accommodation. They haven’t given me an office, I rent an office in East Cantonments, I pay the rent myself. I pay my own fuel, the State doesn’t give me fuel. I pay my own domestic staff. I pay my own medical bills, I pay my own air tickets when I travel, I’m traveling tonight and I bought the tickets for myself and my wife. So all those things he said are rubbish.”
Mr Mahama added: “Yes, somebody gave him what we are entitled to, and probably they are doing it for President Kufuor, but they are not doing it for me. Normally when you leave office, Parliament approves what should be done for you but it’s not being done for me. I don’t get electricity, water, or medical.”