CHRAJ Ford Report Seek court redress if you disagree - Gov't tells critics

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has dismissed bribery allegations levelled against President John Mahama in connection with his acceptance of a Ford Expedition gift from a Burkinabe contractor.

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Presidential staffer, Dr Clement Apaak has said critics who are condemning the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) for clearing President John Mahama in connection with the Ford Expedition saga can go to court if they wish.

According to him, the presidency is not amazed by the reactions emanating from the CHRAJ report.

“You know that when these issues came up, the level of agitation by the NPP and their surrogates to try and make a case against the president, the attempt to impugn his [President Mahama] reputation and to suggest all manner of things was in full gear,” he said on Accra-based Class FM.

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His comments were in response to concerns by the former Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Prof Mike Ocquaye that the CHRAJ report leaves more questions that need to be answered by the president.

“Definitely from what I see at the moment, there are more questions than answers and I don’t think we are anywhere nearing closure to such a controversial issue. …Was the President called? Was the President asked pertinent questions that he should answer? It is very important in this case how you really interrogate the issue. How did the President come to know this gentleman in the first place?

“The circumstances [under] which you come to know a person are very important. From what I heard about the initial evidence, the introduction was made by this Burkinabe to the then vice president for one single purpose. The purpose was so that he could win contracts because he tried for so long but was not winning a contract. That was the purpose of the introduction. That purpose should be a matter for serious examination,” he said.

The youth of the CPP on June 21, 2016, petitioned CHRAJ to probe President Mahama’s acceptance of the Ford Expedition gift from the contractor, Djibiri Kanazoe.

The party’s youth wing argues that, the circumstances surrounding the gift and the acceptance of it by President Mahama, contravened the 1992 constitution.

But in a 78-page report, CHRAJ said its investigations concluded that the President’s action did not amount to accepting a bribe.

This is because, upon evidence, the President submitted the Ford Expedition gift from the Burkinabe contractor, Mr Djibril Freres Kanazoe to the state, Graphic Online reports.

CHRAJ, however, said Mr Mahama violated the Gift Policy under the Code of Conduct.

The Commission, in a 78-page report said its investigations concluded that the President’s action did not amount to accepting a bribe.

This is because, upon evidence, the President submitted the Ford Expedition gift from the Burkinabe contractor, Mr Djibril Freres Kanazoe to the state.

CHRAJ, however, said Mr Mahama violated the Gift Policy under the Code of Conduct.

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