The Spokesperson for the Vice President, Dr Gideon Boako, has rubbished claims on social media that Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia holds British citizenship while in office serving as Vice President of Ghana.
In a post on his Facebook page Friday evening, Dr. Gideon Boako stated emphatically that Dr. Bawumia has never held British citizenship, or any other citizenship in his life.
This comes after a screenshot supposedly capturing information on the Vice President on a supposed UK website was shared on social media.
The screenshot claimed Dr Bawumia holds British citizenship – a claim if true goes against the laws of the country which bars people with dual citizenship from holding certain offices including the Vice President.
But, dismissing the claims on Facebook, Dr Bawumia’s spokesperson noted that the allegation should not be entertained and treated with contempt.
Dr Boako wrote: “The attention of the Office of the Vice President has been drawn to a malicious social media allegation that the Vice President holds a British citizenship while holding the office of Vice President, contrary to the laws of Ghana.”
“We wish to state in clear terms that Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia does not hold British citizenship and has never held British or any other citizenship other than being a Ghanaian. The allegation should be treated with the contempt it deserves. Thank you.”
Former Ambassador to India under the erstwhile John Mahama administration, Sam Pee Yalley has alleged that Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia holds a British passport in addition to his Ghanaian one, in breach of the constitution.
Speaking during a discussion on Radio XYZ on Thursday, June 8, 2023, Sam Pee Yalley said records show that the vice President holds dual citizenship, and did not renounce the British one before he became vice President of Ghana in 2017 to present.
“Now that the Supreme Court has decided that a person who holds dual citizenship cannot be a member of parliament, Bawumia’s record at the Bank of Ghana in London indicates that he is a British citizen. He was a British citizen way back in 2009 before ex-President Kufuor brought him to Ghana,” he is quoted to have said.
According to him, Dr Bawumia stated in many documents as the director of the international bank, that he was a British citizen, but there is no record of him having renounced it before 2017.
Sam Pee Yalley, is therefore calling for the initiation of legal processes against Bawumia just like it was done to James Gyakye Quayson.
The Supreme Court has ruled to nullify the election of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Assin North because, at the time he filed his nomination with the Electoral Commission to contest for the seat, he had not fully renounced his Canadian citizenship.
Following the ruling by the apex court, the EC has scheduled a by-election for the Assin North constituency on June 27, 2023.
It is not illegal to hold dual citizenship, but in Ghana, before you occupy certain sensitive positions, you must first renounce the citizenship of the other country.
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