I will not pay ex-gratia under Article 71 – Mahama

Bahama Rapid News Gh

If re-elected in the 2024 elections, former President John Dramani Mahama has promised to abolish the payment of ex-gratia to members of the executive.

Speaking at the launch of his campaign on Thursday, March 2, at the Cedi Auditorium at the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ho, Volta Region, Mr. Mahama said he will take the necessary steps to abolish the payment as soon as he takes office.

Ex. President Mahama

“The payment of ex-gratia to members of the executive will be scrapped. The necessary constitutional steps will begin in earnest in 2025. We will also persuade members of the government’s other branches to accept its removal.”

Ex. President Mahama’s promise

He also promised to restore the trust in state institutions by addressing “issues pertaining to the exercise powers of the president, proper separation of powers, strengthening of Parliament, restoring the independence of the judiciary, independent and quasi-state institutions and depoliticising them.

“These will be at the forefront of the new administration,” he added.

The former president also chastised Akufo-administration Addo’s for escalating poverty in the country.

The NPP government’s “cluelessness and harrowing dismantling of our progress has damaged and killed many bright dreams of the country.”

“This government has been clueless and callous in many ways. “We are burdened with debt, have been downgraded by every rating agency, and inflation has skyrocketed, sending people into abject poverty,” Mr. Mahama told a cheering crowd at the Cedi Auditorium.

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