Well known Lawyer, Mr Yaw oppong has argued the request made by the former Chief of Staff Mr Julius Debrah for the former President Mahama to keep the vice presidential bungalow as his place of stay, after he has been voted out, as well as other estates for offices.
The lawyer has described this as unlawful and unconstitutional even after the approval of it by the joint transition team and the 6th parliament before its dissolution on the 6th of January 2017.
This is what the law practitioner had to say “As I understand, he has no entitlement to this particular facility. In my view, the intent of the Presidential Transition Act is very clear that a day before the President and his Vice will cease to be President, they need to vacate their official residences and if they so wish , an alternate residence may be given them or they may occupy an alternate residence. The law is that you quit the premises so that an alternate premises will be given. If you do not comply with such mandatory provisions of the law, I don’t think there is any justification to come under the same law and seek for a relief,”
A letter signed by former Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, dated December 19, 2016, requested that the NPP allows Mr. Mahama to keep the current bungalow he occupies.
“Reference our (Osafo-Marfo/Debrah) discussion of 19th December, 2016 on the above-stated subject, we wish to indicate that H.E. President John Dramani Mahama would like to have bungalow No. 3, Prestige Link, Cantonments, Accra and its adjoining facilities as his official retirement home.”
“H.E. also wishes to have Bungalow No.6, 3rd Avenue, Ridge, Accra as his office. We count on your usual cooperation in this matter,” the letter added.