Former Deputy Chief of Staff accuses gov’t of cheap politics

General News of Thursday, 9 February 2017



Missing CarsPresident Akufo-Addo resort to the use of ‘his own Land Cruiser’ – Eugene Arhin

A former Deputy Chief of Staff under erstwhile President John Mahama has accused the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) of scheming to use the issue of alleged missing vehicles to demonise former government officials.

Johnny Osei Kofi in a statement Thursday said the claim that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s movement has been negatively impacted because of some unreturned vehicles is “baseless and without merit.”

“As part of the transition process, both the Assets and Logistics Committee on the NPP side were given a detailed list of all vehicles in the pool at the Presidency,” he said in the statement, adding in all a total of 641 vehicles were given to the new government.

The NPP government has been tracking down more than 200 cars it said have been missing from the pool of cars at the Presidency.

Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin in an interview with some media houses said the President has been left with a BMW vehicle which was purchased in 2007 to use.

He said the situation has compelled the President to resort to the use of “his own Land Cruiser.”

“So vehicles right from 2007 when these Ghana at 50 vehicles were bought right down to now, if you go to the presidential pool, you cannot find any of them and it is not as if those are the only ones. There are lots of other vehicles,” he said.

Administrator General, David Yaro who is in charge of the list of state properties said there are 678 cars at the office of the President, which is 37 more than the one quoted by the former Deputy Chief of Staff.