Some Ghanaians are reportedly
describing as obscene demands of ex-gratia of former President John
Kufuor. The requests, which were agreed
upon by Ghana's so-called Chinery Hesse Commission, are to be made public
Monday. They were approved by parliament a day before the newly elected
President John Atta-Mills took over on January seventh. Opponents said it was
unfortunate for the former president to be making what they described as
outrageous demands when the economy is in bad shape. But supporters of
President Kufuor said the former president has earned the right to have his
demands met after leading the country for eight years and handing over power
peacefully. Alhaji Iddrisu Bature is a political analyst. From the capital,
Accra he tells reporter Peter Clottey that Ghanaians are ready to resist what
he described as opulent demands.
who got wind of this earlier were really seething with anger in that the
request and recommendations made by the former President John Agyekum Kufuor,
some people see it as extremely vulgar. He requested and then had an approval
from the Chinery Hesse Committee, which presented its report to parliament just
a day before President John Evens Atta-Mills took over the reins of affairs,"
Bature pointed out.
said the ex-gratia demands of the former president are mind boggling.
fact what we can confirm is that the former president has requested that he be
given two houses. And when we talk about houses for a president you know what
it means- one inside Accra and the other outside, which is of his own choosing.
He is also requesting that he be paid 18 months' salary for each year that he
served as ex-gratia, that is for every one year that he served as president, he
be paid 18 months' salary," he said.
said some Ghanaians are saying these demands are unfair at a time when so many
people live under a dollar per day.
(former President Kufuor) is also requesting that he be paid a pension
equivalent to the salary of the sitting president and that he be given six
chauffer driven cars including an all purpose one, which means a bullet proof
or an armored plate car. This is to be fueled and paid for by the state and
these cars must be replaced each four years. He also wants a motorcade so he
would not be caught up in traffic and I think this is not fair because his
predecessor Jerry John Rawlings was never given those facilities," he said.
said it would be a herculean task for President Atta-Mills' new administration
to find funding to meet the demands of the former president.
fact this is the challenge for the John Evans Atta-Mills-led government. The
World Bank has come out to publish a report that indicated a balance of payment
problems would face this new administration and also 14 percent budget deficit
that came about as a result high spending of the previous government in an
election year. You must be aware that on the eve of the former president's
departure approved salary hikes ranging between 16-34 percent for Ghanaian
workers. When you look at all these things you could clearly see that it was
all done to dislocate the economy of Ghana under the new administration," he
sharply disagreed with those who are calling for similar retirement package
awarded former President Rawlings to be accorded Ex-President Kufuor.
of us don't subscribe to that because the dynamics have changed. You cannot say
what was given the former president must be the same thing. Ghana is not
static, we have moved forward. But it is outrageous and out of place for him
(former President Kufuor) to demand those things," Bature pointed out.
said Ghanaians would strongly oppose what many have described as outlandish and
ridiculous demands by former President Kufuor.
thing I can assure you is that Ghanaians are going to resist these things," he