The official residential housing that is supposed to be offered to former President John Agyekum Kufuor as part of his retirement program is still pending eight years after he left office in January 2009, said Frank Agyekum, spokesperson. word of the former president.
Two houses in Trasacco in Accra that were given to former presidents John Kufuor and John Rawlings during the time of President JEA Mills were rejected by the two former presidents on the grounds that they had not been consulted before the buildings were constructed for their contributions and preferences as personalized requests. .
Since then, apart from an office which was given to Mr. Kufuor in Cantonments in Accra, that of his official residential accommodation as stipulated by the constitution remains on hold, Mr. Frank Agyekum said in an interview with Asempa FM on Monday after- midday.
As per the Presidential Committee’s report on emoluments, when President Kufuor stepped down in 2009, he indicated that he preferred that one bungalow at Cantonments in Accra be used as an office and another as a residence, but this request was was rejected by the administration of then President JEA Mills. .
After being resentfully evicted from the public establishment on the initiative of a group of young men, Mr. Kufuor was then offered another bungalow in Cantonments which would serve as his office.
He has since operated from there and used his home at Airport West as his official residence.
According to Mr. Agyekum, in 2001, following the Greenstreet presidential committee report on emoluments, former President Rawlings, for example, was allowed to make a preference for his residential accommodation and office and he chose two bungalows in Ridge.
Likewise, he believes that Mr Kufuor should have been allowed to make a preference after the Chinery Hesse report in 2009.