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Kufuor pay-off shocks Ghanaians

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by BAK, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. BAK

    BAK JF-Expert Member

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    Kufuor pay-off shocks Ghanaians
    BBC News Online

    John Kufuor stood down after serving two terms​

    Ghanaians have criticised plans to give former President John Kufuor a massive retirement package, including six chauffeur-driven cars and two houses.

    The benefits, which also include a lump-sum thought to be worth $400,000, were approved on Mr Kufuor's last day in office earlier this month.

    New parliamentary speaker Alban Bagbin said it was embarrassing that MPs had taken the decision behind closed doors.

    But another MP said it would prevent leaders clinging on to power.

    One of Mr Kufuor's allies told the BBC that the measures had not yet been signed into law and so the new administration was free to amend them if they so wished.


    The BBC's David Amanor in the capital, Accra, says people respect their former presidents but see the proposed package as extravagant, if not excessive.

    "We have a lot of problems in the country - water problems, light problems," one man told him.

    You're not going to entice me with that grandiose rubbish designed for Kufuor
    Former President Jerry Rawlings ​

    "Two cars with security is OK. But not five [sic] cars. The country will go bankrupt," he said.

    The six cars can be replaced every four years and the former president can pick any two houses.

    The package also includes a budget for entertaining, security and a foreign holiday each year.

    Mr Bagbin told the BBC that he had not even known that a committee of MPs was meeting to discuss the measures, which had not been debated, bypassing normal parliamentary procedure.

    Former President Jerry Rawlings could also benefit from the package but he told the BBC that he had told the committee to "get lost" when they approached him.

    "I've lived with the little accorded to me all this time. I told them to get lost.

    "You're not going to entice me with that grandiose rubbish designed for Kufuor."

    Mr Rawlings founded the National Democratic Congress (NDC), whose candidate John Atta Mills narrowly defeated Nana Akufo-Addo from Mr Kufuor's New Patriotic Party after a run-off.

    Mr Kufuor stood down after serving the maximum two terms.

    At the weekend, the government said the outgoing administration had exceeded its budget sevenfold, leaving the country "broke", reports Reuters news agency.

    The election was relatively peaceful despite the narrow margin of victory and was praised as setting an example for other African countries.
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    Silas A.K JF-Expert Member

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    Hawa viongozi wetu wa afrika hata aibu hawana,unasubiri karibu term yako inakwisha unapitisha maamuzi ya ajabu kisa tamaa ya kuishi lavish life.Nafikiri hili ni tatizo la wanasiasa wote,hata wabunge wetu nao ikikaribia mwisho wa vipindi vyao hawachelewi kuja na maamuzi ya kujipendelea ili waondoke na kiinua mgongo cha kutosha.ubinafsi unatangulia kwanza kabla ya maslahi ya nchi kwa ujumla katika maamuzi mengi ya wanasiasa wetu.
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    Wadau kwani 'Mjomba' wa zamani alichukua mihekalu mingap na Mijigari mingapi?
    Bora hao wenzetu wanajua 'mjomba' wao anachukua nini. Huku kwetu 'wajomba' wanachukua tu kimyakimya
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    BAK JF-Expert Member

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    Umesema kweli tupu. Mshahara wa Rais wetu na marupurupu yake siku hizi umekuwa ni siri kubwa miaka ya karibuni. Sijui hili linasababishwa na nini hasa!!
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    Lucchese DeCavalcante JF-Expert Member

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    President Obama raisi wa watu anayeishi kwenye nyumba nyeupe au kwa sasa NYUMBA YA WATU anasema UONGOZI BORA UNAHUSISHA UWAZI lakini viongozi wetu siku hizi hasa hapa kwetu nchini kila kitu siri ili waEPE vizuri. JK na team yako hebu igine mfano toka kwa OBAMA kwa kusoma na kuput into practice speech aliyoitoa leo kwa senior staff wa white house.
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    ZeMarcopolo JF-Expert Member

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    Labda tuwaulize marafiki wa chama hicho cha Kufuor, wale walioenda kumsaidia kwenye kampeni ambazo zilimuingiza madarakani, wao wanalionaje swala hili?
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    At least Ghanaians know what is being taken from their public coffers. We don’t. It is shocking that Kufuor’s office spent seven times the allocated funds at its end. It is shocking too that JK quickly outspent his office allocation at the beginning of his rule, and then proceed to impose a news blackout on how much Ikulu spends.

    These guys amaze me! They get to decided how much their offices spend (in Kufuor’s case he got MPs to decide on it behind closed doors), and still they outspend that many times over!

    There is dreaded disease that afflicts our leaders. It is called possession mania. Freudian analysis would blame this on childhood poverty. People who grow up without access to toys try to make up for that when they are adults. Kufuor’s six cars are not just cars in his subconscious mind; they are his toys.

    White supremacists used say that “the adult Negro is a big boy”. They were wrong, but it appears that it will take a while before we can show them their error.