The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), has said it will need more time to investigate the circumstances under which President John Dramani Mahama, received a $100,000 Ford vehicle from a Burkinabe contractor, who had benefited from juicy government contracts.
Head of Public Relations at CHRAJ, Akosua Edu, told Citi News that though their investigations have reached advanced stages, they will need more time to adequately deal with the matter. She also added that, they will come out with recommendations in due course.
“At the moment, I can tell you that we have made significant progress into the investigation and appropriate recommendations would be made as soon as possible. The investigation is being done in accordance with CHRAJ’s investigation regulation.
I believe the petitioners have confidence in us that is why they brought the petition to us to work on.” “We have made significant progress and recommendations would be brought out when we are ready.
Please give us some time to continue with the investigation. At the end of the day, when the recommendations are out, it would allay any fears because for now; if we are not ready; we can’t come out and say we are ready. We are doing our work and the work must be properly done and so we don’t need to rush, this is a delicate issue,” Akosua Edu added.
CPP, PPP petitions CHRAJ
CHRAJ was petitioned by the youth wing of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP), and a private citizen to investigate the matter.
Critics are of the view that; the $100,000 dollar Ford vehicle gift presented to President Mahama in 2012, when he was Vice President, amounts to conflict of interest, and that he must be impeached since the contractor, Djibril Kanazoe, is also said to have been awarded some lucrative government contracts.
Speaker throws out minority motion
The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, last Thursday; threw out a motion filed by the Minority calling for parliamentary investigations into the matter.
The Speaker argued that CHRAJ has the legal and constitutional mandate and the capacity to deal with the matter. CHRAJ as part of investigations, has already interrogated some high ranking government officials including former Interior Minister, Mark Woyongo.