Former President Rawlings, through his office, has rebuffed allegations on social media that he illegally acquired a piece of land in Ridge, a suburb in Accra.
According the statement released by the former president's office, President Rawlings had written directly to the Mahama led administration requesting a piece of land in order to establish a foundation that would be dedicated to "humanitarian, educational, population control, HIV AIDS, health-related projects, the preservation of nature and the promotion and preservation of cultural values.”
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Following President Rawlings' request, the Lands Commission in Accra wrote to the President Rawlings in May, 2016 saying that the Former President Mahama - then sitting president - had approved the land allocation, 4.368 acres of land on the Sekou Toure Street, Ridge Residential Area, to be precise.
The statement, signed by Mr. Kobina Andoh Amoakwa, stated that President Rawlings made further suggestions, but that these subsequent suggestions reached the Lands and Resources Minister.
The office of former President Rawlings said “No lease agreement was thus reached with the government”, documents pointing to substantial discussions on the matter notwithstanding.