Former President John Dramani Mahama has started packing his belongings out of No 3 Prestige Link, the official state bungalow at Cantonments which he had occupied as Vice President and President.
The former first family’s continued stay at the official residence despite handing over power became the subject of public discourse, with Ghanaians agitating for their evacuation from the residency.
This was despite claims by spokespersons of the former first family that the transition team of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) had agreed in principle to allow the former President and his family occupy the residency.
In the heat of the controversy, former President Mahama penned down an epistle to the new government indicating his willingness to vacate the house.
“You would recall, Mr. President that contrary to the erroneous impression created by some persons in government and the interpretation given to the former letter submitted on my behalf by Mr. Julius Debrah, this was a follow up of an agreement we had on my choice of accommodation and office. I had never requested to purchase the property, my request is therefore humbly withdrawn,” the letter signed by the President and copied to the Asantehene concluded.
True to his promise, the President has started packing out of the official residency.
Greater Accra Regional Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Anthony Nukpenu disclosed on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen Programme Friday, that the former President started packing out upon his return from Nigeria where he represented the Government of Ghana in the Gambian negotiations.
“He is no more there (house), he has started packing out…this started occurring upon his return from Nigeria…,” he revealed.
Anthony Nukpenu said the former President would finish packing out of the building he has occupied for eight years by this weekend.
Thus, the President would likely hand over the keys to the Akufo-Addo government by next week.
On where the former President is moving to after packing out of the house, Anthony Nukpenu said the President is likely to move to a house near the Gold House at Kawukudi.
He said that the residence near the Gold House was the exact location the former President hosted minority Members of Parliament who paid a visit to him this week.
Former President Mahama, he said owns that house.