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Mahama to move out of official residence after writing to Akufo-Addo to drop interest

By Jeffrey Owusu-Mensah

Former President John Mahama is no longer interested in keeping 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 on emoluments had suggested he be given 40 percent of his salary as rent for a new home.

However, Mr Mahama’s decision to keep the property has been heavily criticised as unlawful.

According to reports, he has written to President Nana Akufo-Addo to withdraw his initial interest in keeping his official residence as part of his retirement package saying he was ready to move out and wait for the state to provide him with an alternative residence whenever in its own time.