Former president John Mahama has denied receiving an amount of GHC14 million as ex-gratia in 2013, an official statement has said.
The Bono Regional chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kwame Baffoe, also known as Abronye DC, alleged Mahama took GHC14 million as his ex-gratia.
A statement from Mahama’s office denied Abronye DC’s claims, saying the former leader never took the said amount or at any other time during his 25 years of public service.
“President Mahama never took any such ex-gratia payment of GHC14 million in 2013 or at any time during his 25 years of distinguished public service,” the statement said. “Fortunately, ex-gratia payments are a matter of public record and are available in the office of the Chief of Staff or the Controller and Accountant General’s Department.”
“We challenge the office of the Chief of Staff and the Presidency to provide proof of the payment of any such amount and stop using idle miscreants among its ranks to spread falsehood.
“It is a porous response to John Mahama’s promise to urgently re-look and review issues related to the emoluments of Article 71 office holders including ex-gratia payments,” the statement said.