Lordina not operating warehouse at FH - Gov’t
The office of the President, John Dramani Mahama, has denied claims by some members of the Minority in Parliament, that the First Lady, Lordina Mahama, owns and operates a warehouse constructed at the seat of government, the Flagstaff House.
In a statement released by the Presidency on Wednesday, it said there is no such private warehouse owned and operated at the seat of government by the First Lady.
It explained that there is only a storehouse for the use of the office of the President which was constructed by the state.
“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, and constructed by the State.”
The source of the unproven allegation
The Minority Spokesperson on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Joe Osei Owusu, is reported to have opened fire on the First Lady, accusing her of building a privately funded warehouse on the premises of the Flagstaff House, to promote a private initiative.
The Bekwai MP made the claim on the floor of Parliament on Wednesday, but failed to provide evidence to back his claim after Majority MPs raised objections.
The opposition MP was contributing to a Parliamentary debate on President John Mahama’s 2016 State of the Nation Address to MPs.
The weight of the allegations coupled with the opposition MP’s failure to back his claims with immediate proof, forced Deputy Speaker, Ebo Barton Oduro, to direct that the statements about the First Lady be expunged from the records of the House.
However, the presiding Speaker’s directive did very little to prevent Mr. Osei-Owusu from repeated the allegations in an interview with some journalists in Parliament.
Meanwhile, Kobina Minta Akandor, a Deputy Minister in the Mahama government, has slammed the Bekwai MP’s comments as a premeditated move to sully the reputation of the First Lady.