October 25, 2011

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ahafo Ano South, Stephen Balado Manu, has accused President Attah Mills of engaging in an act of populism by stating that ex Presidents must be given rent allowances instead of building houses for them.

According to him, this populist approach by the president which is intended to show his modesty is deceitful as Ghanaians know he is not.

President John Evans Atta Mills, is said to have proposed to the Professor Ewurama Addy Committee – which he set up to deal with the issue of emoluments for Article 71 office holders that the arrangement be scrapped and instead ex presidents must be given rent allowances to cater for their accommodation.

But speaking on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo programme on Tuesday, Hon. Balado Manu disagreed with the President’s call and added his voice to calls on the President not to attempt to scrap the current arrangement which instructs the state to build houses for ex presidents.

He urged President Attah Mills to desist from the populist approach to such sensitive national issues as that act does him no good.

Hon. Balado Manu questioned whether the President Mills was willing to refuse the benefits given him by the state, demanding that the President must respect the arrangement as it was currently stipulated in the Constitution.

Kwadwo Anim/ghanamps.gov.gh