A former Deputy Interior Minister, Mr. Kwabena Acheampong has revealed that it was indeed the King of the Asantes, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II who arranged the meeting between former President Mahama and President Akufo-Addo in which the controversial Cantonments bungalow was requested by the former president.
Mr. Acheampong also confirmed that Mr. Mahama and the then president-elect Akufo-Addo “had a gentleman’s agreement” for the latter to live in that house.
“After the elections, Nana Akufo-Addo requested a meeting, through the Otumfuo Osei Tutu with [then] president Mahama…at this meeting [former] president Mahama requested to keep where he is staying and Nana Akufo-Addo agreed.
“This was followed with a letter from the former Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah to the transition team…”
The letter which was leaked into the general public domain caused a stir and questions about public property being acquired by politicians becoming a norm arose. Eventually, Mr. Mahama became disinterested in the house at the No.3 Prestige Link, Cantonments and retracted his request.
Mr. Acheampong is hoping that the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu, who is bereaved in the heat of the brouhaha, would make his voice heard on the controversy later on.
“I am praying that after Otumfuo has gone through his mother’s funeral, he will come out and issue a statement on it, because we need to be truthful to ourselves as a nation,” he stated.