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General News Wed, 22 Jun 2016

CHRAJ vows to assert its independence in Ford gift saga

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) says it will leave no stone unturned in the investigation of President John Dramani Mahama over allegation of conflict of interest in the Ford Expedition saga.

Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ, Joseph Whittal, promised the Commission will ensure that findings of the investigation are shared with all Ghanaians.

“I will like to assure Ghanaians that the Commission will live up to its constitutional responsibility in ensuring that thorough investigation is done and we will not sacrifice the thoroughness of the outcome of the investigation on the altar of the issues that may border on elections,” he promised.

The deputy CHRAJ boss disclosed this to Joynews after he confirmed having received two formal petitions accusing President Mahama of conflict of interest in the Ford gift scandal.

The two petitions are from the Convention Peoples Party’s youth league and a private citizen. The Commission is expecting a third petition from the Progressive Peoples Party.

President Mahama has for the past week made the news following findings of Joynews’ Manasseh Azure Awuni investigation in which Mahama was given a Ford Expedition vehicle valued at $100, 000 by a Burkinabe contractor, Oumarou Djibril Kanazoe.

The contractor has described the Ghanaian leader as his friend. He has received two contracts from the Ghana government namely the controversial $650,000 Ghana Embassy wall in Burkina Faso and the Dodo-Peso-Nkwanta road.

Many Ghanaians have described the saga as a scandal of international repute. Anti-graft campaigners have accused Mahama of conflict of interest. They slammed him for disregarding anti-corruption guidelines in the country.

Touching on the two petitions, Mr Whittal said the Commission has commenced the initial assessment of the petitions, noting “when we are satisfied that it meets all the requirement for a complaint or an allegation, that is when we have a duty under the Constitution.”

He disclosed when the Commission is convinced of a breach, it will “immediately forward it to the President for him to comment whether he is admitting the contravention or non-compliance in written from.”

If President Mahama fails to respond to them, he said, the Commission will have no choice but to conduct a full-scale investigation into the matter.

Source: Myjoyonline.com
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