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Ghana may impeach president over car ‘gift’


AFP Photo/Sia Kambou

AFP Photo/Sia Kambou

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Three months to Ghana’s general elections, the country’s parliament has initiated moves to impeach President John Mahama.

Though the legislators are on recess, the Speaker, Joe Adjaho, has recalled them for resumption Thursday, September 1, to begin debate on the issue.

The President is alleged to have received an expensive car (Ford) as ‘gift’ from a contractor and national of Burkina Faso.

Opposition parties and a cross section of Ghanaians, however, insist the present was a bribe.

The country’s constitution bars a sitting President or political office holder from collecting a gift, either in cash or kind.

But reacting to the allegation, Information Minister, Edward Boamah, argued that Mahama’s government is the only one in the history of the country that has dragged its officials and party members to court over allegations of corruption.

Boamah cited former Minister of Transport, Mrs. A. Attivor, and three other party faithful facing trial to buttress his assertion.

In a statement, Bohama said Mahama and the contractor had been friends, since the time he (Mahama) was Vice-President.

He explained that Mahama had attended the funeral for the contractor’s father, and that the car had been a donation from the Burkinabe’s family, a token of cordial relationship.

The contractor, a very successful businessman, was said to have won many deals following the gift.

The car was registered in the President’s name.

It was only few months ago that an investigative journalist, Manasseh Azuri, unearthed the matter, sparking widespread criticism from the Ghanaian public.

The Presidency has confirmed that Mahama received the car. It however said the item had been donated to the presidential fleet. It vehemently denied the car was a bribe.

Opposition parties are insisting the donation might have been made after the issue became public.

The parliament has 275 members, the opposition 148. The legislature needs two-thirds majority to scale the impeachment through.

Currently, the leading presidential candidates are Mahama (NDC); Nara Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo (NPP), son of the former Head of State Akuffo Addo; and Pa Kwesi Ndum, a business mogul of the People’s Progressives Party (PPP).

All three are holding extensive campaigns throughout the country.

Of them all, Mahama, son of a chieftain of late Kwame Nkrumah’s Convention People’s Party (CPP), is the most politically experienced.

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  • Basil Ogbanufe

    Very serious.

  • abiamone

    The president should be impeached. I wish Ghana would go a step further by seeing that anti-corruption stance does not end on the pages of newspapers or limited to opposition parties like in Nigeria.

  • Fred Chigozie

    Where are our Journalists? Ghanaian Journalists right from the bribery scandal rocking Ghanaian Judiciary to this current one reminds me of Late Dele Giwa. Sahara Reporters that was trying is now valued in which the highest bidder takes it all. Nigeria Journalists, Wake up.

    • Uncle D

      Aabi o. Nigerian journalist rather than focusing on Investigative, prefer Speculative/Assumptive or should I say Cosmetic journalism.

  • Naijaman

    So when a profligate governor wakes up any morning and announces that he was buying and donating SUVs to judges of his state, that would be considered graft in neighboring Ghana? Or when a PDP lady minister receives two souped up BMWs from one of the agencies under her supervision, that would also, indubitably, be considered graft in Ghana. Naija politicians should thank their lucky stars that Naija can never be Ghana, otherwise a good majority would have been smelling the rod, without a doubt!