I haven’t been paid my ex-gratia - Kufuor

I haven’t been paid my ex-gratia - Kufuor

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor, has revealed that he is yet to receive his ex-gratia since leaving office as president.

According to him, successive governments have so far failed to pay him what was due him for the past years.

Kufuor became president of Ghana in 2001 and served for two terms, before stepping down in 2009.

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However, the ex-president insists his successors did very little in ensuring that his ex-gratia is paid.

Speaking to Accra-based Joy FM on Monday, he stated: “I haven’t been paid ex-gratia.”

He said that there were committees that suggested ex-gratia for Article 71 office holders which were approved by parliament.

The administration that took over from me pretended there hasn’t been such approval,” he added.

Article 71 (1) and (2) of the 1992 Constitution stipulates that the determination of the salaries and allowances of the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary paid from the Consolidated Fund would be determined by the President, on the recommendations of a committee of not more than five persons appointed by him and acting upon the advice of the Council of State.

But Kufuor said even the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) – the party he belonged to – was yet to pay him his ex-gratia.

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He, however, noted that he was not worried by the actions of the successive governments.

According to him, although he hadn’t been paid his ex-gratia for years, it was not his focus at the moment.

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