Government has rubbished the allegations by some Minority Members of Parliament suggesting that the 1st Lady owns a private warehouse at the FlagStaff house. A statement released from the office of the president has said that there is no such private warehouse owned and operated at the seat of Government by the 1st Lady, Lordina Mahama.
The presidency said that the only storehouse at the FlagStaff house is that which was constructed by the state for the use of the office of the president.
The Bekwai MP, is said to have ignited the allegations at the Parliament on Wednesday. During a Parliamentary debate on President Mahama’s 2016 State of the Nation Address to MPs, he had accused the 1st Lady of building a privately funded warehouse on the premises of the Flagstaff House, for her private NGO. The Majority MPs had raised objections on the matter coupled with the fact there was no proof to back his claims.
Due to lack of evidence, the Deputy Speaker, Ebo Barton Oduro, who was the presiding speaker, decreed that statements about the 1st Lady be ruled out from the records of the House.
However, Joe Osei Owusu, Minority Spokesperson on Legal and Constitutional Affairs did not hesitate to lash out at the 1st Lady in an interview with some journalists in Parliament, despite the Parliament’s consensus to expunge the claims.
The presidency has released a statement debunking the claims:
The attention of the Office of the President has been drawn to a mischievous claim being circulated by minority Members of Parliament through some media houses that the First Lady has constructed a private warehouse within the precincts of the Flagstaff House – the seat of government.
There cannot be, and there has not been any private construction within the Presidential Household. What is referred to as a warehouse is actually a storehouse for the use of the Office of the President constructed by the State.”