The Ghana International Bank, headquartered in the United Kingdom, has acted swiftly to rectify an administrative error related to the citizenship status of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana.
The correction follows an internal review that revealed inconsistencies in Dr. Bawumia’s citizenship status within the bank’s records. The bank confirmed that the error originated from inaccuracies in the documentation submitted during Dr. Bawumia’s initial appointment as a director.
In a Facebook post by Akbar Yussif Rohullah Khomeini, a special aide to Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, on September 14, 2023, it was disclosed that the bank promptly and transparently rectified the situation. The correction process aligns with the handwritten information that Dr. Bawumia provided to the bank when he assumed his role as a director.
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, a prominent figure in Ghanaian politics and economics, has held the position of Vice President of Ghana since January 2017. He brings substantial experience and expertise to his role, having previously occupied significant positions in both the public and private sectors.
The Ghana International Bank has also reached out to Dr. Bawumia to extend its apologies for any inconvenience caused by the error. The bank has assured him of its commitment to maintaining accurate and up-to-date records.
This swift correction underscores the importance of maintaining precise financial records and demonstrates the bank’s dedication to upholding the highest standards of transparency and integrity in its operations. The bank continues to be a vital financial institution serving the Ghanaian community.
The bank’s action was prompted by allegations from former Ambassador to India under the John Mahama administration, Sam Pee Yalley. He claimed that Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia held both a British passport and a Ghanaian one, potentially violating the constitution.
Sam Pee Yalley in a calculated effort moved a motion during a discussion on Radio XYZ on Thursday, June 8, 2023 with the intension of pitching the public against the Vice President, in which he claimed that records suggested the Vice President held dual citizenship and had not officially renounced his British citizenship before taking office in Ghana in 2017.
“Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that a dual citizen cannot be a member of parliament, Bawumia’s record at the Bank of Ghana in London indicates that he is a British citizen. He held British citizenship as far back as 2009 before ex-President Kufuor brought him to Ghana,” he stated.
According to Yalley, Dr. Bawumia had stated in various documents while serving as the director of the international bank that he was a British citizen, but there was no record of him renouncing it before 2017.
As a result, Sam Pee Yalley is advocating for legal action against Dr. Bawumia, similar to the case of James Gyakye Quayson, who faced legal proceedings related to his dual citizenship status.