According to the General Secretary of the People’s National Convention’s (PNC), Atik Mohammed, the law must be relaxed for ex-president John Dramani Mahama in relation to the bungalow saga.
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Mr. Mohammed argues that the erstwhile president of Ghana be granted the privilege to stay at his official residence for two months as he prepares to pack out.
“A maximum period of two months should be afforded the ex-president to make arrangements to vacate his current residence. The reason simply being that, where he is occupying at the moment is not that which the President is going to occupy. It is supposed to be a residence meant for the Vice President.”
This request sharply contrasts with the laws of Ghana.
The Presidential Transaction Act indicates that, the outgoing President must vacate his state residence by the time the incoming President is sworn in.
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Atik Mohammed was speaking with the Accra-based radio station, Citi FM when he begged that the circumstances surrounding President Mahama’s request for his official residence to be given to him as his retirement home, should be taken into account.
“Given the circumstances with which he is leaving that particular residence, my assumption is that he did not make adequate preparations to exit almost immediately after the swearing in or before the swearing in was done… That is why I am saying that, as an ex-president, he deserves some courtesy to be extended to him.” Mr. Atik explained.
Media reports had earlier indicated that John Mahama had already moved out of the said house, but according to a report by Citi FM, the ex-president is yet to vacate the property.