After reading the letter, not only did the content shocked me but the fact that the letter was copied Ashantehene Otumfou Osei Tutu II.
This really means a lot not because I am trying to say Ashantehene Otumfou Osei Tutu II is serving as a patron of Presidents in Ghana but it shows that he was a witness or what so ever discussion or prior agreement that have been reached between former President Mahama and President Akufo-Addo.
“You will recall, Mr. President, that contrary to the erroneous impression created by some persons in Government and the interpretation given to the formal letter submitted on my behalf by Mr. Julius Debrah, this was a follow up to an agreement we had on my choice of accommodation and office. I had never requested to purchase the property.” Ex-President Mahama said in his letter to President Nana Addo
In this bungalow issue, former president Mahama was left an orphanage as President Akufo-Addo never came out to accept or deny whether or not he had agreed to President Mahama’s request leaving Ex-President Mahama alone to be ridicule in the eye of the public.
On the part of the outgoing government, an agreement have been reached between two leaders. However, the leader of the incoming government’s Transition Team, Mr. Yaw Osafo Maafo told journalists:
“We have not approved of his request, and I want to repeat we have received the request and the requests are two – for him to be given his ex-gratia where he lives and also be given another property as his office”.
Based on the above statement from Mr. Maafo, I am assuming, he might have not been privy to the discussion between President Akufo-Addo and Ex-President Mahama on a moral ground not what the law’s position on the matter yet.
This is where President Akufo-Addo if not stabbed in the back must intervene in the matter but not wait until this letter is shared to the public.
If all what am thinking is not the case, then why did Ex-President Mahama copied Ashantehene Otumfou Osei Tutu II in the letter addressed to President Akufo-Addo?
Read the letter from President Mahama:
OFFICIAL RESIDENCE AND OFFICE
I refer to our agreement on the above subject matter and wish to inform you that I have decided to formally withdraw both requests to continue to stay at my current place of residence, No.3. Prestige Link, Cantonments and also to use bungalow No. 6, 3rd Avenue Ridge as my office.
It would appear that these requests threaten to mar the spirit of cooperation with which we as co-chairs of the Joint Transition Team have managed the smooth transfer of power from my administration to yours. I believe that this controversy is absolutely not needed in these early days as your Government settles into office.
I do recognize that these are facilities that are conventionally extended to Presidents that leave office and I am also mindful of the approval by the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana on Wednesday, 4th January, 2017 at its Twenty-Second Sitting of the Third Meeting of the Fourth Session.
You will recall, Mr. President, that contrary to the erroneous impression created by some persons in Government and the interpretation given to the formal letter submitted on my behalf by Mr. Julius Debrah, this was a follow up to an agreement we had on my choice of accommodation and office. I had never requested to purchase the property.
My request is therefore humbly withdrawn.
As always, my family and I wish you well in your endeavours as you strive to consolidate and advance the gains made by successive Governments.
H.E. JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA
FORMER PRESIDENT, REPUBLIC OF GHANA
H.E NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA
Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II