Ford Gift Saga Speaker dismisses minority motion for probe

The Speaker of Parliament Edward Doe Adjaho cited constitutional provisions and earlier Supreme Court rulings to support his stance before dismissing the motion.

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The Speaker of Parliament Edward Doe Adjaho has dismissed the motion filed by the minority over President Mahama's Ford Gift Saga

Doe Adjaho who single-handedly shot down the motion asked the Clerk of Parliament to return the motion to the Member of Parliament who filed it.

Doe Adjaho cited constitutional provisions and earlier Supreme Court rulings to support his stance.

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“The matter and issue here is not different in material particular from the matter under investigations by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice(CHRAJ). Article 287 of the constitution gives the CHRAJ the power to investigate matters regarding the code of conduct for persons public officers.”

“It is also instructive to note that the Supreme Court has made a number of pronouncements regarding the exclusive jurisdiction in terms of chapter 24 of the constitution, dealing with code of conducts for public officers including the President.”

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Edward Doe Adjaho therefore, said "as a Speaker i am firmly convinced CHRAJ is the only mandated body to probe this case."

Background

Parliament reconvened today (Thursday), in connection with a motion to impeach President John Mahama over the controversial Ford Expedition gift saga.

The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, per Article 112 of the 1992 Constitution, summoned Members of Parliament to deliberate on the issue.

Some sections of Ghanaians expressed anger over reports that President Mahama was given a brand new Ford Expedition in 2012 by a Burkinabe contractor, Djibril Kanazoe who won the bid to construct the $650,000 Ghana Embassy Wall in the Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou.

President John Mahama subsequently rubbished corruption allegations against him, saying such claims are baseless.

Some minority MPs have reportedly signed a petition to commence an impeachment process against the President for accepting the gift.

Parliament was adjourned on Friday, July 29.

But, a statement from parliament said the recall, was in accordance with Order 38(1) of the Standing Orders of Parliament.

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