Ga-Dangme group protests against Mahama's request to keep official house

By Jeffrey Owusu-Mensah
President John Mahama

A group calling itself Ga-Dangme Forward Movement (GDFM) has expressed its displeasure at former President John Mahama's request to keep his official residence as his 'retirement home'.

Former President Mahama who has been staying at his current residence since 2009 when he became vice president taking over from former Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama who occupied it from 2001 to 2009.

He decided to use the same residence even after becoming the president in 2013 and requested to use it as his retirement home before the dissolution of the Sixth Parliament after losing the December 2016 elections though the Professor Dora Edu-Boandoh committee had suggested he be given 40 percent of his salary as rent for a new home. 

After reports surfaced that his decision had left Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia "stranded”, his office cited an agreement between them and the new government's transition team for him to keep the house.

But according to the GDFM, former President Mahama's request is wrong and must entertained. 

Speaking on behalf of the group on Citi FM's Eyewitness news on Tuesday, Nii Obadzen Oberweku described the request as "neither moral nor legal".

He threatened that the group will protest against the granting of Mr Mahama's request.