Broadcast journalist Kwesi Kyei Darkwah known well as KKD has described the ex-gratia to some public officers as nonsensical.
The ace journalist has been in the news these past days with serious backlash from him to the ruling government and some Ministries. KKD has stood against the payment of ex-gratia after retirement.
During a discussion on Joy News AM Show, the astute journalist argued that with all the benefits these leaders in government enjoy, they should have saved enough to cater for themselves and family when they retire.
“The concept of ex gratia has to be discussed with urgency, cut it out, stop it. My father has worked for 84 years and paid all his taxes but he is not begging anybody to give him money before he goes home,” KKD fumed.
Addressing politicians he said “you get the chance to serve and because of the position you are in you don’t queue for anything, pay rent for years, have access to loans and things that people who work harder and are smarter than you don’t have access to.
“Yet, you say you cannot write a book when you get out of power. You are so meek and mild, and you are so handicapped so sick that we must look after you?”.
KKD, however, stated that presidents can be given that privilege by saying; “let us maintain the dignity of the king”, however, everyone else in government including the vice president must go back to work.