Calls on Lordina Mahama to refund allowances bogus - NDC man

The former Member of Parliament for Buem constituency, Daniel Kwesi Asiamah has mounted a defense for former First Lady, Lordina Mahama, following calls on her by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to refund allowances paid to her between January 2009 and June 2021 by the state.

John Mahama and Lordina Mahama

He explained that the monies paid to Mrs. Mahama are "legitimate, recognised and lawful allowance she has received over the period."

Daniel Kwesi Asiamah speaking Accra-based Kingdom FM described such a call as "bogus".

He said no one is contending the allowances received by the First and Second ladies but rather the salaries recommended by the Emoluments Committee which in his view is unconstitutional "so anyone who makes that call is making a bogus call."

"If these two have decided to refund it [allowance] well and good but that cannot be a basis to say Madam Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, Madam Theresa Kufuor and Madam Lordina Mahama should refund the lawful allowances they have received of the period," he added.

Daniel Kwesi Asiamah urged the public not to mix apples with oranges and "muddy the waters for political expediency."

Meanwhile, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, a leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has asked Ghanaians to "leave Lordina Mahama alone" adding that "she doesn't have to refund her allawa".

According to him, her husband, former President John Mahama must be blamed rather for failing to do due diligence during his tenure as president adding that he [Mahama] "believes in the 2011 Constitution Review Commission Report’s recommendation to set up an Independent Emoluments Committee yet he never ever saw the need to attempt to do it."

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