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My residence approved by gov’t as retirement package – Mahama

A decision by the Former President John Dramani Mahama to maintain the state residence he occupied while in office, was approved by the new government and Parliament, a communication from the office of the former leader said Monday.

The statement indicated that the“decision and agreement on the place of residence and office for the former President was formally communicated to the new administration by the former Chief of Staff Julius Debrah on December 19, 2016.”

Per the release, Parliament has duly approved of the new development to work with.

Mr. Mahama’s retirement package

In accordance with the report the Prof. Dora Francisca Edu- Buandoh committee’s report the outgoing President, while on retirement should receive benefits such as state-provided staff not exceeding four (4), and a furnished and up-to-date office and communication equipment, and staff support consisting of a cook, steward and gardener. In the area of security, “the state will provide two security persons to be chosen by the former President from state security. Two vehicles for security.”

Bawumia not stranded

Meanwhile, Mr Mahama has rejected claims being speculated in the media that he was occupying the official residence designated for the new Vice President, describing the said claims as “mischievous.”

There were reports that Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia was stranded, as an official residence allocated to him was allegedly being occupied by John Mahama.

But Mr. Mahama in his statement cleared that Vice President, Bawumia is expected to take up residence in the House known as Australia House, which was previously occupied by former Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur.

The release also indicated that “An Official and Permanent residence for the Vice President is currently under construction, off the Switchback road. Dr. Bawumia will move into the new structure when completed.”

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Newspaper headlines: Wednesday, June 28, 2017