Former President Mahama has stated that he has been surviving on his pension just like any other Ghanaian of his age. The former President is entitled to some privileges stipulated under the Article 71 category.
According to the leader of the opposition party, he has not benefited from any extra financial services apart from the pension the state gives him. According to President Mahama, what the state offers him is the same regular monthly pension offered to former state officials. He noted that the only lump sum he had received was “GH¢230,000 as salary arrears in 2013.”
President Mahama was responding to allegations made about him by the Bono Regional Chairman of the NPP Abronye, who stated that the former President had enjoyed millions of cedis in ex-gratia payments. However, the former President revealed that the state doesn’t provide him with free electricity and water bills nor rent allowance. Former president John Mahama was speaking in an interview with Tv3 when he made the revelation.
“I receive only my monthly pension, like President Kufuor or President Rawlings was receiving until he died. That is all I get. I pay the electricity bill for my house, for my office. I pay the water bill for my house and my office. I live in my own accommodation so the state does not pay me anything for accommodation,” he added.