Mahama denies violating Ghana’s Presidential Office Act

President John Mahama
President John Mahama

A Ghanaian legislator accused Mr. Mahama of failing to submit a list of the presidential staff to the parliament.

President John Mahama has denied violating any section of the Ghana Presidential Office Act as being claimed in some quarters.

The president made the denial in a statement issued by Ghana’s Deputy Information and Media Relations Minister, Felix Ofosu, in Accra on Tuesday and obtained in Abidjan.

Patrick Boamah, representing Okaikoi Central Constituency in Ghana’s parliament, had accused Mr. Mahama of failing to submit a list of the presidential staff to the parliament.

The parliamentarian had told a section of Ghana’s local media that such action violated section 11 of the Presidential Office Act.

The government’s statement said the president was only required by the law to submit such list three months after the end of each financial year.

According to the statement, Mr. Mahama still has until March 2014 to submit the list of personnel in the Presidency to the parliament.

“Government’s attention has been drawn to claims by Patrick Boamah to the effect that President John Mahama has violated the Presidential Office Act.

“Government wishes to state that Patrick Boamah based his claims on an erroneous interpretation of section 11 of the Act,’’ it said.

The statement quoted section 11 of the Act to read: “The President shall within three months after the end of each financial year submit to parliament an annual report containing the following information:

The number of presidential staff employed at the office; the rank or grade of such staff; and employees in the other public services assigned to the office.’

The president, in the statement, said he was aware of his responsibility in the implementation of the laws of the country.

“This is to put the records straight, the current administration believes in the law of the country and will do everything possible to protect the law,’’ the president said.

(NAN)

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