In accordance with Article 71, I will eliminate ex-gratia payments when elected - Mahama

Former president, John Dramani Mahama, has pledged to eliminate ex-gratia payments to executive members if he is re-elected in the 2024 elections.

Mr. Mahama stated during the launch of his campaign on Thursday, March 2, in the Cedi Auditorium of the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ho, Volta Region, that he would immediately begin taking the necessary steps to end the payment.

“The payment of ex-gratia to members of the executive will be scrapped. The necessary Constitutional steps to take this will start in earnest in 2025. We will also persuade members of the other arms of government to accept its removal.”

Additionally, he pledged to address “issues pertaining to the exercise of powers of the president, proper separation of powers, strengthening of Parliament, restoring the independence of the judiciary, independent and quasi-state institutions and depoliticizing them.

He added, “These will take the centre stage of the new administration.”

The former president also lashed out at Akufo-Addo’s administration for making the country’s poverty levels worse.

The “cluelessness and the harrowing dismantling of our progress by the NPP government has damaged and killed many bright dreams of the country.”

“This government has been clueless and, in many ways, callous. We are saddled with debt, and we have been downgraded by every rating agency and inflation has gone off the roof, sending people into abject poverty,” the former president addressed the jubilant audience at the Cedi Auditorium.