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General News of Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Source: Starrfmonline.com

Brouhaha over Rawlings’ 4 acres land unnecessary — Kofi Adams


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The former spokesperson of former President Jerry John Rawlings, Kofi Adams, stated, there is nothing wrong with the state giving former presidents lands as part of their retirement packages.

According to him, the brouhaha reports that the previous government leased over four acres of unnumbered plots of land to former president Rawlings is not necessary.

Mr. Adams said: “Presidents don’t allocate things for themselves. There is a commission that works on it, and that of the office holders under article 71…is dealt with by parliament and once parliament approves, it becomes something that’s acceptable.”

He continued that: “It must also be stated that these senior citizens after leaving office are not entitled to do anything for profit unless there is a permission granted them by parliament.

“It’s out of all those discussions that I think the country thought it necessary to give them certain facilities.”

A document sighted on Tuesday indicates that the lands along the Sekou Toure Street, Ridge in Accra were leased to the founder of the NDC in 2016 at a yearly irrevocable rent of GHS10 for 99 years, renewable for 50 years after expiration, for purposes of establishing the Rawlings Foundation.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson of former President John Agyekum Kufuor, Frank Agyemang, disclosed the former president has been shown a piece of land at Rigde.
“We know about it,” he stated, adding, “the land is about two acres.”

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