Leave Lordina Mahama alone – Gabby to those calling on her to refund

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A leading Member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Gabby Otchere Darko has asked all persons calling on Former First Lady Lordina Mahama to refund the allowances paid her, to leave her alone.

Scores of Ghanaians including the Executive Director of the Media Foundation of West Africa (MFWA) Sulemana Braimah have said Mrs Mahama must also refund all the allowances paid her by the state.

This comes after the current First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo has refunded all the allowances paid her since 2017.

Mrs Akufo-Addo has issued a Consolidated Bank Ghana Limited cheque for GH¢899,097.84 as a refund of all allowances received since 2017.

On Monday, July 12, she announced that due to the "extremely negative opinions" which have laced conversations on her allowances, she was refunding every pesewa.

She also served notice not to receive any monies that have been allocated to be paid to her pursuant to recommendations of the Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee, which was tasked in 2019 to review emoluments of Article 71 office holders.

She found the public debate "distasteful, seeking to portray her as a venal, self-serving and self-centered woman who does not care about the plight of ordinary Ghanaian".

"Her Excellency, the First Lady remains committed to her role as First Lady and is devoted to her charity work championing the wellbeing of women and children in Ghana," wrote Mrs Shirley Laryea of the Office of the First Lady.

Adding his voice to this development, Mr Braimah in a tweet said "If Becky refunds the allowa, Lordina too should refund. Ghana hia sika!"

Mr Otchere Darkop who is also a Former Executive Director of the Danquah Institute said in a tweet that "Leave Lordina Mahama alone! She doesn't have to refund her alawa.

"Not her fault her husband who says he 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."

Source: 3news.com