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General News Tue, 2 Aug 2016

Ford gift saga: I’m innocent - Mahama tells CHRAJ

President John Dramani Mahama has asked the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), to dismiss allegations of conflict of interest against him.

This is in response to three separate petitions against him over his decision to accept a Ford car gift form a Burkinabe contractor, Djibril Kanazoe. Many including the Minority in Parliament have said his acceptance of the gift amounts to conflict of interest.

The Youth league of the CPP, among others officially petitioned CHRAG to investigate the President.

But in a letter signed by his lawyer, Tony Lithur, and addressed to the acting Chairperson of CHRAJ, President Mahama indicated that he was innocent of all the allegations leveled against him.

Background

President John Dramani Mahama has come under intense public bashing for accepting the car gift worth about US$100,000 from a Burkinabe contractor, allegedly to influence him.

The Burkinabe has admitted giving President Mahama a Ford Expedition vehicle, for which the President called to thank him. The gift, according to reports, was prior to an attempt by the contractor, to win a bid to execute the Dodo Pepeso-Nkwanta road construction project.

The same contractor had also been contracted to build a wall, at a cost of over half a million dollars, for the Ghana Embassy in Ouagadougou.
Source: citifmonline.com
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