Bungalow Saga Mahama withdraws request for bungalow

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

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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.

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

Read more: Kufuor 'sides' with Mahama in bungalow saga

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.

play Letter written by Mahama to Nana Addo rejecting the Cantonment residence

 

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

Read more: We'll die before NPP ejects Mahama - Anita De Sosoo

Mahama said the reports are “mischievous” and are only meant to "embarrass" him when he had formally informed the incoming administration through his former chief of staff Julius Debrah to continue staying in the house.

Read also: Mahama requests vice-presidential bungalow as ex-gratia

"The claims that Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia is stranded and has nowhere to stay, is mischievous and deliberately intended to embarrass President Mahama.

Below is the full letter written by John Mahama

Mr. President, Tuesday January 10, 2017 OFFICIAL RESIDENCE AND OFFICE I refer to our agreement on the above subject matter and wish to inform you that I have decided to formally withdraw both requests to continue to stay at my current place of residence, No. 3. Prestige Link, Cantonments and also to use bungalow No. 6, 3rd Avenue, Ridge as my office.

It would appear that these requests threaten to mar the spirit of cooperation with which we as co-chairs of the Joint Transition Team have managed the smooth transfer of power from my administration to yours. I believe that this controversy is absolutely not needed in these early days as your Government settles into office.

I do recognize that these are facilities that are conventionally extended to Presidents that leave office and I am also mindful of the approval by the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana on Wednesday, 4th January, 2017 at its Twenty-Second Sitting of the Third Meeting of the Fourth Session.

You will recall, Mr. President, that contrary to the erroneous impression created by some persons in Government and the interpretation given to the formal letter submitted on my behalf by Mr. Julius Debrah, this was a follow up to an agreement we had on my choice of accommodation and office. I had never requested to purchase the property.

My request is therefore humbly withdrawn.

As always, my family and I wish you well in your endeavors as you strive to consolidate and advance the gains made by successive Governments. Kind regards, H.E. JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA FORMER PRESIDENT, REPUBLIC OF GHANA H.E NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA

Cc: Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II

Manhyia Palace

Kumasi- Ghana

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