Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul-Malik Kwaku Baako, has taken a swipe at former President Mahama’s special aide, Joyce Bawa Mogtari for making the former President’s unpaid salary, public.
Kweku, though agrees that issues of salaries for ex-presidents have not been handled well in the country, he has questioned Madam Mogtari’s motive for making the issue public when she could have used the right channels to get her grievances resolved.
“This issue of salary for ex-presidents is nothing new. We have not been able to handle this transition well because the same thing happened to President Kufuor though we tried working on it, it has not been able to help“, Mr Baako said.
“I have been asking myself: what was it that Madam Bawa was seeking to do; what was her complaint; why would the former president’s Special Aide want to break such sensitive issue in the public domain without using other channels”, he quizzed on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana show as monitored by Adomonline.com.
The Office of former President John Mahama said the government has failed to pay Mr Mahama his monthly salaries since he left office.
Joyce Bawa Mogtari told Accra-based radio, Okay FM Wednesday that the Akufo-Addo administration has failed to fulfil its mandate of paying the former President his emoluments as spelt out in the Professor Dora Francisca Edu-Buandoh Presidential Committee on Article 71 Office Holders.
She said Lordina Mahama has now taken up the responsibility of taking care of Mr Mahama, adding that the former First Lady is a hard working woman with a lot of resources at her disposal.
But commenting on the matter, Mr Baako said issues concerning the former President should be treated with the dignity they deserve and dealt with outside the public space to prevent attacks on the President.
“With the benefit of hindsight, it’s obvious that when it comes to such things, we should deal with them with some dignity, we should stay focused and deal with such issues to prevent attacks on the former president. I don’t feel comfortable with it at all”, he said.
Mr Baako said even though Madam Joyce Mogtari is a decent and well-articulated person, she erred in breaking the issue to the public.