Failure to pay Kufour’s ex-gratia shocking, unbelievable & unlawful-Lecturer

Political science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University (KNUST), Mohammed Abass, says it is unbelievable in this day and age of our democracy for former President Kufour to be denied his entitlements as a former leader of the country.

In an interview with Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said democracy, which has been practiced in Ghana for years, is premised on rule of law and any democratic state is expected to work with the laws of state.

He explained the law is supposed to guide democratic nations to ensure that the law is respected and so it is ‘’very very sad’’ for us to allow this to happen.

Mr Abass said this particular issue has gained attention because the person involved is a former president but ‘’there are people entitled to compensations, emoluments and other benefits and yet they have been denied’’.

In his view, ‘’what causes this problem is because we do not respect the rule of law. The laws are not being implemented and the only thing working is personal preferences and not what the law proposes.’’

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has revealed that successive governments have not paid his ex-gratia after serving as President of Ghana from 7 January 2001 to 7 January 2009.

“I haven’t been paid ex-gratia,” he told Accra-based Joy FM on Monday, 10 December 2018.

He said that there were committees that suggested ex-gratia for Article 71 office holders which were approved by parliament.

Mr Kufuor accused the Mills-Mahama administration which took over from him, of turning a blind eye to the provision.

“The administration that took over from me pretended there hasn’t been such approval,” he added.

The lecturer wondered why the payment for the ex-gratia has not been paid for years and said the problem is caused by institutional weakness, negligence and our personal way of doing things.

When asked if Ghana is broke hence its inability to pay the ex-gratia, he said, ‘’that is false because like I said this is about personal preferences and lack of priority’’.

Article 71 (1) and (2) of the 1992 Constitution stipulates that the determination of the salaries and allowances of the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary paid from the Consolidated Fund would be determined by the President, on the recommendations of a committee of not more than five persons appointed by him and acting upon the advice of the Council of State.

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