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Will John Mahama Be Able To Tackle Or Cancel Ex-Gratia When He Wins Power In 2024?

Former President John Mahama has assured Ghanaians that the next National Democratic Congress (NDC) government will tackle issues of ex-gratia payments. Will Former President Mahama be able to tackle or cancel ex-gratia when he wins power?


1. On January 10, 2010, the late President, J.EA. Mills, inaugurated the Constitution Review Commission, which had Prof. Raymond Atuguba as a member. 

2. The Commission presented its proposals/report to late President Mills on 20th December, 2011. 

3. One key proposal from the Commission was on ex-gratia. The Commission proposed that the current structure of ex-gratia be scrapped and an Independent Emoluments Commission(IEC) be created to determine and review all emoluments of all public officers in context of the prevailing economic condition which the Mills/Mahama government accepted. 

4. In fact, John Mahama has claimed he is a champion of this proposal of scrapping ex-gratia for the IEC to determine salaries of all public officials. 

5. In October 2011, the late Prof. J.E.A. Mills set up the Professor Ewurama Addy Emoluments Committee for Article 71 office holders as expected. 

6. During the inauguration of the Committee, the late Prof. Mills proposed to the committee to scrap the current arrangement which enjoins the state to build houses for Presidents of the country after they have served their tenure. And he said that should start after his tenure. 

7. Unfortunately, we lost him and probably lost his proposal as well because we never heard of it again. 

8. From 2011 to 2016, the proposals from the CRC were never implemented neither was the scrapping of ex gratia. We only heard of IEC again in 2015 when Mr. John Mahama asked for the support of Organized Labour to abolish ex-gratia to be replaced by IEC. 

9. In January, 2016, Mr. John Mahama, as required by the constitution formed another emoluments Committee headed by Professor Dora Francisca Edu- Buandoh, with Professor Kwamena Ahwoi, Dr. William Baah Boateng, Mrs. Norkor Duah and Mrs. Lydia Lariba Bawa.

10. Mr. John Mahama had forgotten about the scrapping of ex-gratia and his advocacy for IEC. After the 2016 elections, Former President Mahama, wanted a 16 bedroom villa which has been a place occupied by Vice Presidents of Ghana


Perhaps a politician will always be a politician.

NDC and NPP Ministers will all keep mute so long as it benefits them.

From 2011 -2016, what held him back from implementing it? Today, he says, he will review the constitution again after and cancel ex-gratia. Can he do it? Only time will tell.

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