Rawlings Reject Controversial Gifts – Says Its ‘Grandiose Rubbish’

Ghana's Former President J. J. RawlingsPlans by the Government of Ghana to reward two former 2-term Presidents (John Jerry Rawlings and John Kufor) may be hitting the rocks.

Former radical President, Rawlings, has declared with contempt saying: “…You’re not going to entice me with that grandiose rubbish designed for Kufuor”

Former President Jerry Rawlings was reported to have told a committee of parliarmentarians proposing the package of perks, cash, cars, and pensions to “Get Lost”, when they approached him. He said that kind of pension would bankrupt the ailing Ghanaian economy. He was said to have declared that he was comfortable with the little accorded him over the last eight years in retirement.

The package which was approved by the ruling party dominated parliament as the last legislative act before extinction on January 6, 2009. It Includes, a fat entertainment budget, cash equivalent to eignt and a half years salary ($652,800) of a sitting president, six chauffeur-driven cars to be replaced every four years, two fully-furnished luxury mansions, one overseas vacation lasting 65 days annually.

The lavish package has been the subject of public outrage in the last for days after revelation by the new Parliarment Speaker, Ms. Alban Bagbin, and is awaiting the consent of the new President John Atta Mills, whose party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has a narrow majority in the new parliament.

The package was been seen as an attempt by the defeated John Kufuor’s New Patriotic Party NPP to smuggle presidential opulence for a retired but reluctant former presidents. No comments have been heared from Mr. Nana Akufo-Addo, who narrowly lost the presidential election two weeks ago.