The previous Mahama led National Democratic Congress government, according to documentation that has recently surfaced, leased 4.6 acres of land to former President J.J.Rawlings for GHC10 per year on a 99year lease with the option of renewing for an additional 50 years.
According to former Minister of Lands and Resources, Nii Osah Mills who confirmed the story for Class News' Jonas Ofori-Yeboah on Tuesday, January 17th, the property allocation to former President Rawlings is part of his "entitlement" as a former Ghanaian President.
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According to the former Lands and Resources Minister, similar arrangements have been made for former President Kufour, although he could not confirm the details regarding the rental price for the land.
"Lands have also been allocated to former president Kufuor close by former president Rawlings’ residence, which is the area in question. … That area actually encompasses the residence of former president Rawlings where he is staying currently; a fairly large compound.
“It followed, from what I believe and understand, from the fact that former president Rawlings should be housed.
“This was done on advice of technical people in the Lands Commission, that is, the form of grant, it could not be a freehold, it had to be a lease. It had to do with the need and the requirement for the housing of former president JJ Rawlings, basically that’s what it’s all about because he lives there and then he could use part of it as an office."