An Accra-based medical doctor and NPP activist, Dr Joseph Kofi Gyanteh has advised the out-going president, John Mahama to vacate his current bungalow for his own good.
According to him, it was more prudent to move into a place the state had given him than to seek to perpetuate his stay in a building meant for the current Vice-President, Alhaji Dr Mahamodu Bawumia.
In a press release copied to the Ghanaian Observer Newspaper, Dr Gyanteh said ‘I wish to appeal to the former president to vacate his residence since a forceful eviction will be a blot on his image and former office’.
Dr Gyanteh said the auditor-general was adequately clothed with powers by the current transition Act to evict him if he fails to vacate voluntarily.
He stressed the former president by this action to still hold on to his bungalow had marred what would have been a smooth transition period.
Quoting a portion in the transition Act to bring home his point, Dr Nyanteh intimated the need for the former president to vacate the current bungalow he is occupying.
‘’I wish to remind the former president that per the transition Act (2012), the Auditor-General has the right to forcefully evict him after the 7th of February 2017 if it becomes necessary’’, Dr Gyanteh noted.
According to him, many youth groups had expressed similar sentiments that out-going presidents and government rather wait for the incoming administration and the State to properly allocate permanent residences to them than for them to seek to request for same.
‘’Some of us are baffled as to why the former president still wants to occupy the premises even after his embarrassing defeat and exit from the presidency’, the Youth Activist pointed.
The NPP activist noted the decision of some youth groups to demonstrate around the said bungalow until the former president vacates the premises.
‘’ I and some youth groups will from this weekend daily march to the streets of the bungalow to protest the stay of the former president’’, Dr Gyanteh disclosed.
According to him, the protest march was to make a strong case for the out-going president to know the youth were not enthused with the current arrangement.
He expressed surprise that the former president had occupied the said facility since 2009 when he was sworn in as Vice-president, noting it was embarrassing to deprive the current vice-president space of occupancy due to the disregard to regulations.