Ford motion: Frivolous waste of taxpayers’ money – Mahama

President John Mahama

President John Mahama has accused the Minority in Parliament of wasting taxpayers’ money after a move to trigger a bi-partisan probe into a Ford gift to him hit a snag.

Speaker Edward Doe Adjaho had to recall the House, which has been on recess, following a motion by the minority lawmakers to have the Ford gift saga investigated.

The Speaker dismissed the motion, saying Parliament could be usurping the powers of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) which is constitutionally mandated to look into issues of conflict of interest or breach of code of conducts.

Speaking in an interview with Paul Adom-Otchere on Good Evening Ghana, Mahama described the minority’s action as “a frivolous waste of taxpayers’ money”, adding that the New Patriotic Party is engaging in “petty politicking” to sully his image.

Mahama, who is seeking a second term in a fierce election contest with main opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo, revealed he felt “sad” about the situation where Members of Parliament had to be recalled after being given transportation allowances and other incentives.

He has since denied breaching the law in accepting the Ford gift which was subsequently added to the presidency pool of vehicles.

Investigative Journalist, Manasseh Azuri Awuni a few months ago, reported that Burkinabe Djibril Kanazoe benevolently gifted president Mahama a 2010 Ford Expedition in 2012. He was in return awarded two contracts, which include the fencing of the Ghana Embassy Wall in Burkina Faso at a cost of $650,000 and also the construction of part of the Eastern Corridor Road Project.

The presidency at the time of publication of the report admitted that Mahama received the said vehicle from Kanazoe but refused any suggestion of corruption.

The Youth Wing of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) and other private citizens petitioned CHRAJ to look into the conduct of Mahama to ascertain whether he breached the code for public officials.

Source: Ghana/ Mensah

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