April 17, 2024

Dr Bawumia in a meeting with Kamala Harris

Dr Gideon Boako, the spokesperson for the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, has clarified that his principal does not hold dual citizenship.

This clarification follows recent controversies sparked by Lawyer Sam Pee Yalley, who alleged that the Vice President had acquired citizenship of a country other than Ghana.

A private legal practitioner and NDC activist made this claim during an interview with XYZ TV on Thursday, June 8, 2023. He alleged that undisclosed records indicated that the Vice President held British citizenship during his time working in the United Kingdom.

The claim caused a frenzy among Ghanaian internet users when the individual uploaded a cropped image of the UK.GOV website showing “Dr Mahamudu Bawumia” listed as a British citizen.

In a Facebook post, Dr Gideon Boako clarified that “Dr Bawumia has never held British citizenship, or any other citizenship in addition to being a Ghanaian citizen throughout his lifetime.”

He called on the general public and all well-meaning Ghanaians to dismiss the claims with the contempt they deserve.

“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,” the post read.

“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” the post further read.

 Similarly, Krobea Kwabena Asante, from the office of the Vice President, has shared documents on his social media platform to refute the claim that the Vice President was listed as a British citizen during his appointment as a director of the Ghana International Bank PLC in the United Kingdom (UK).

The document shared on Krobea Kwabena Asante’s Facebook account, clearly indicates that Dr. Bawumia was correctly identified as a Ghanaian and not as a British citizen.

As per the Companies House form 288a filled out by Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on October 18, 2006, the Vice President’s address is listed as No. 48 6th Estate Road, Kanda Estates, and the country/region is recorded as Greater Accra.

Dr Bawumia’s country of origin, as indicated on form 288a, is Ghana, and his nationality is Ghanaian. The document, signed by the Vice President on October 18, 2006, also states his occupation as a banker.

However, an error seems to have occurred in recording the nationality of Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia on the website of the UK government, www.gov.uk.

The website accurately lists Dr Bawumia’s address as House number No. 48 6th Estate Road, Kanda Estates but incorrectly identifies it as “foreign.” It also mentions his role as a director at the Ghana International Bank PLC, noting that he resigned on 15 April 2009.

The UK government’s website mistakenly lists the Vice President as British, while his occupation as a Banker is accurately recorded on the Companies House form (form 288a).

Those asserting the Vice President’s British citizenship seem to be using the mistake on the UK government’s website as evidence to support their claim.

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