I only receive my pensions, no ex gratia – Mahama

Former President John Mahama says he does not enjoy any financial benefits beyond what he was owed while in office.

According to him, the only remunerations he gets are from pensions drawn like every worker in Ghana.

Aside from that “I receive only my monthly pension, like President Kufuor or President Rawlings was receiving until he died. That is all I get.”

This comes on the back of comments by a section of the public that he is benefiting from the same monetary benefits he speaks against regarding Article 71 Office holders.

One of them is the governing New Patriotic Party’s Bono Regional Chairman, Kwame Baffoe Abronye who suggested that Mr Mahama has received millions in ex-gratia payments.

But the 2020 NDC flagbearer insists that every other financial obligation in his life both personally and administratively is borne by himself.

“I pay the electricity bill for my house, for my office. I pay the water bill for my house and my office. I live in my own accommodation so the state does not pay me anything for accommodation,” he said in an interview on Accra-based TV3.

He tabled fuel, medical bills, domestic staff, and flight tickets among the list of tabs he foots himself.

Mr Mahama added that the only lump sum received was “¢230,000 as salary arrears in 2013.”

“Normally when you leave, they approve what should be done for you, but it is not being done for me,” he added.


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