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Houses for ex – Presidents? It’s simply wrong [Article]

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I have struggled to keep quiet over the brouhaha of Houses for Ex-Presidents but I can’t anymore.

For God-sake, what business has a man got to do with being President if he cannot provide for himself and family, the basic necessity of a home? The State literally funds every expense directly and indirectly of a President and his family, even taxes are waived.

If you could not build a house before seeking to be president, why on earth did you not use your earnings to build or acquire one?

Presidency is service not asset acquisition. If for nothing at all, wasn’t there anything to learn from the modesty of H.E. Atta-Mills? His wife continues to live in their old home. If you have an old home too, please move into it.

I have heard arguments that $2,000 is inadequate to rent a house for the president’s stature.

I am sorry but I think the $2,000/month allowance is spirited to rather maintain an Ex-President’s own home. Build your house to the extent of your stature and use the $2,000 to rather maintain it.

If every President spends just four years in office and takes a Government House(s) in Ridge, Cantonment or Labone, how many will be left in these prime areas in a 100 years for use by the State’s apparatus?

What if the Ex-President opted to live in the Flagstaff/Jubilee House, would that too have been retained?

I will absolutely agree to the idea of an office in the capital and at worse, a Library providing Tourist opportunities for the hometowns of Ex-Presidents, but to ask for a house? I respectfully think, it’s ridiculous.

The political elite ought to be very cautious. Our democracy is not a given.

The debilitating dismissal of a sitting President at the December 7 polls after just one term is clear evidence that the Ghanaian is losing patience for the political elite.

It is socially and democratically risky for the political elite to be seen by the “The people” as a group of persons conniving to rape the nation while masquerading as opponents.

We struggle to pay our taxes, we fund you, don’t take us for granted.

#OneGhana

By: Senyo Hosi

  • Egg

    What business have you presuming and asserting, without evidence, that the President could not provide for himself and his family the basic necessities of a home?
    I believe you have not understood that being a President is a JOB which lasts for only 4 years and has no job security. It requires the person who takes that office, to risk all prospects of ensuring future security for his Family, through other JOBS, to serve over 24million citizens of the country, ensuring their safety, improving their mobility, securing their shelter, and even making sure you, the writer of this article, can freely express your opinion, which is precisely what your article is. A shared personal view.
    I have to ask. What is wrong with the State buying a house for the Ex-President who currently, is JOBLESS and UNEMPLOYED? Isn’t it ethical that when you lay off an employee (which the President is) you aid them to find their foot again?
    After risking 4 good years of his life in service to this country through the Job of being a president, is it wrong to give him a house? Whether an employee’s performance was abysmal, or commendable does not cause him to get laid off without something to keep him/her afloat in his state of uncertainty, while job hunting. The same thing applies to the job of being a president.
    So, if you don’t have anything better to say to the People of Ghana than your eloquent baseless opinions then, Shut Up, pick a Logic Book, and learn to reason. Because, as a Ghanaian, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with getting a president, who served me, a Home.

  • Yaw Sakyi

    WELL SPOKEN, MAN. THE EX PRESIDENT IS GREEDY AND UNPATRIOTIC. INFACT, HE IS A VERY VERY SELFISH MAN. HE HAS NEVER CARED ABOUT THE PLIGHT OF GHANAIANS. INFACT, I AM TEMPTED TO SAY HE IS A VERY USELESS MAN. IF HE COULDN’T BUILD A HOUSE WITH ALL THE MONEY HE HAS EARNED AND THOSE HE HAS ROBBED, HE CAN MOVE TO HIS VILLAGE IN BOLE AND LIVE WITH HIS RELATIVES THERE. NONSENSE!!!!!