Ford Gift CHRAJ report 'laughable' - Minority Leader

According to him, the stance taken by CHRAJ calls to question whether it exhausted all the process leading to the report it released Thursday, 29 September 2016.

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The Minority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has described as laughable the decision by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice to clear President John Mahama of bribery allegations in the Ford vehicle gift saga.

According to him, the stance taken by CHRAJ calls to question whether it exhausted all the process leading to the report it released Thursday, 29 September 2016.

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

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

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

Commenting on the matter, the Minority leader said CHRAJ’s reliance on Article 218 (A&E) of the Constitution to back its stance was an obvious attempt to “whitewash this whole issue that came out.”

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“You would want to question the process as mandated by Article 219 of the Constitution. We want to know if the Commission requested and received the documents or records relevant to the investigation,” he said.

“We also want to know whether they [CHRAJ] questioned all persons in respect of the subject matter under investigation,” he said on Accra-based TV3.

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Mensah-Bonsu believes the Ford Gift case is a national matter, saying “It should not be the burden of the Minority. It should be the burden of the nation that is being imperiled by untruths from the presidency.”

Background

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.

Many anti-corruption campaigners slammed the president for what they describe as his disregard for the guidelines on conflict of interest in accepting the vehicle gift.

However, Government in a statement issued by Communications Minister, Edward Omane Boamah said even though the car was received, it had nothing to do with the contract awarded.

READ ALSO: I use Japanese cars, not Fords - Mahama

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

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



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