-Former President Mahama is not occupying military lands as being claimed by the Minister of Defence
-The land on which Mr Mahama's current residence is located was developed by a private real estate developer which he has no claim of ownership to
-This was contained in a statement from his office signed by special aide, Joyce Bawah Mogtari
The office of former President John Mahama has vehemently denied claims by Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul that the former president was occupying lands belonging to the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).
The Defence Minister at his ministry's turn at the Meet the Press series on Thursday, claimed former President Mahama and some of his appointees were occupying lands which were to serve as buffer between the military and the civilian population
He therefore advised Mr Mahama to vacate these 'disputed' lands as it was inappropriate and sent the wrong signals for the immediate-past Commnader-in-Chief to occupy such lands.
However, Mr Mahama's special aide, Joyce Bawah Mogtari, has said the property being occupied by her boss and his family has been at the site for years and had not taken possession of any land owned by the military.
“We presume that the minister’s irresponsible claim is in respect of the current residence of the former first family. President Mahama has not appropriated or acquired any land or property belonging to the military and which he is currently occupying”, she said.
In a strongly-worded statement, Mrs Mogtari described Mr Nitiwul's claims as irresponsible and reckless propaganda.
According to her, “It is sad that the minister with oversight responsibility over our men and women in uniform, who risk their lives to preserve the security of our nation, would descend into the gutter and dabble in propaganda of the most undesirable kind. This behaviour falls short of the requirements of a Defence Minister whose office calls for sobriety and reflection”.
“This Office is appalled at the minister’s unfounded accusation because any serious Defence Minister, with the Military Intelligence apparatus under him would know that President Mahama has no claim to the ownership of the land of the property in which he resides,” the statement added.
The statement further clarified that, “the former president and his family as is commonly known, currently resides in a residential estate developed by a private real estate development company. The estate has been in existence for several years and the former first family lives peacefully with several Ghanaian and expatriate neighbours”.
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