Bungalow Saga Ghanaians must stop treating Mahama like a vagabond - K.B. Asante

The senior citizen comments follow Mahama's earlier request to keep his official residence as his ex gratia.

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Former diplomat K.B. Asante has warned Ghanaians not to treat former President John Dramani Mahama like a “vagabond” regarding his initial request to keep his official residence as his ex gratia.

The senior citizen believes Mr Mahama must be accorded the needed respect because he has been president of the country.

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Former President John Mahama has sent a letter to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo withdrawing his preference of his official bungalow as part of his retirement package.

READ ALSO: We also want a house - Mills' family

Sources close to Pulse.com.gh confirmed that Mahama personally wrote to the Nana Addo to rescind his interest in the house at Cantonment.

But Mr Asante believes Mr Mahama’s latest decision was due to the “silly” comments some Ghanaians made about him concerning the request.

“He (Mahama) has withdrawn because of what is being done. He is a proud man and I don’t like some of the comments being made. Some of them are silly and I think it’s not good. He respects himself. I will, if I have somewhere to go, leave the place. In Ghana, we should know how we talk, whether you like it or not he was president of Ghana and we shouldn’t treat him like a vagabond who wants to keep what does not belong to him,” he told Accra-based Class FM.

He argues that the government must “arrange temporary accommodation for him [Mahama] while the constitutional requirement of providing a house for him is met. But I don’t see why since he’s been living there all this while, even if the government says no, they can say ‘live there until we get a proper house for you’.”

READ ALSO: Government didn't agree to Mahama's bungalow request - Oppong Nkrumah

Former President Mahama earlier denied claims that he has refused to vacate his official residence to allow the current vice president Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to occupy it.

The former president who has been staying in the Cantonments residence ever since he was Vice president explained that he had reached an agreement with the government for the residence to be allocated to him as his “retirement home”.

The transition Team of Nana Akufo-Addo’s government subsequently denied claims by the former president that an agreement has been reached to allow him to continue staying in his Cantonments residence.

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