Former President John Agyekum Kufuor and his staff have not been paid as required by the constitution after three years of peacefully handing over power to the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Frank Agyekum, the spokesperson of Kufuor, told Citi Eyewitness News on Monday that his boss is “unhappy” with the situation, but has remained mum because he does not want to ruin his relationship with government.
Meanwhile, ex-president Kufuor has also rejected a lavish mansion at the Trasacco Valley Estates being offered him by the government, according to Mr. Agyekum.
The news is following on the heels of former president J. J Rawlings’ decision to also refuse a temporary mansion at the same venue.
Mr. Agyekum said former president Kufuor rejected the mansion because their input has not been adequately taken and surprisingly they “don’t even know the location of the house and what went into the building construction. ”
“The president was unhappy and not ready to accept the building,” Mr Agyekum added.
He disclosed that apart from two vehicles that were given to the former president’s office nothing has so far come from government.
Mr Agyekum added: “Government has offered to him a temporary office accommodation which he has accepted. With this temporary accommodation the government took him to see the property and saw it as good and gave a few specifications as to what should be done and government has done it.
“Also, a permanent office accommodation is being done for him, in that case as well, government took him to see the location in which the office was going to be located and asked for his specifications, which he did. So then it beats our imagination to see that where his residential accommodation is supposed to be his involvement was not sorted at all. ”
He stressed that government has only paid the former president his end of service benefit.
“The salaries for staff are still not being paid… Benefits in terms of ex-gratia has been paid to the former president … but in terms of the regular salary due him they are not been done as yet. We talk and they say this week, next week and that’s where we are at the moment,” Mr. Agyekum opined.
Source Citifmonline Ghana