Former president of Ghana, John Mahama has requested that the ownership of a government bungalow be transferred into his name.
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In a letter signed by former Chief of Staff Julius Debrah, Mahama requested ownership of the building that has served as the official residence of the country’s Vice Presidents since 2000.
The bungalow housed Professor John Evans Atta while he was serving as Vice President under Jerry John Rawlings and Aliu Mahama, who also served as Vice President under John Agyekum Kufuor
Mr. Mahama in the said letter makes a request for the building located at Cantoments in Accra.
It reads, “Reference our (Osafo-Marfo/Debrah) discussion of 19th December 2016 on the above stated matter, we wish to indicate that H.E President John Dramani Mahama would like to have Bungalow No. 3, Prestige Link, Cantoments, Accra and its adjoining facilities as his official retirement home.”
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John Mahama first occupied the building in 2009 when he served as Vice President before becoming President.
Even as President, the bungalow became his official residence although he has a home as a President inside the Flagstaff House.
As per Mahama's request, the current vice president, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is left without an official residence as officials are yet to provide an alternative.
The immediate past President is also said to have requested that another facility at Ridge be handed over to him to be used as an office. Portions of the letter cited earlier adds that the former president also ‘wishes to have Bungalow No.6, 3rd Avenue, Ridge, Accra as his office.’