Ford Gift Saga: CHRAJ Makes a Move; Writes Mahama for Answers

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Acting based on the petitions it has been receiving, CHRAJ writes Mahama, demanding reasons for his decision to accept a $100,000 Ford vehicle gift

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has decided to act concerning Mahama’s controversial car gift. Acting based on the petitions it has been receiving, CHRAJ writes Mahama, demanding reasons for his decision to accept a $100,000 Ford vehicle gift.

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According to reports, the President has ten days after the date of receipt of the letter dated July 7, 2016, to give his response. It would be recalled that The National Youth League of the Convention People’s Party, (CPP) as well as the Progressive People’s Party, (PPP) both petitioned CHRAJ to investigate the matter.

Following Mahama’s acceptance of the controversial Ford gift from Burkinabe contractor, Djibril Kanzoe, the President has come under intense attacks from different groups.



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While government has vehemently denied claims of the gift being a form of bribe to Mahama, minorities in Parliament are of the view that he breached Article 284 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana. This section of the constitution states that, “a public officer shall not put himself in a position where his personal interest conflicts or is likely to conflict with the performance of the functions of his office.”

Oppositions have also cited the section 21(b) of the Conduct of Public Officers Bill 2013. It states that, a public officer many not “accept a gift, favour or an advantage that has the potential to influence the proper discharge of the public officer’s functions or judgement, from a person with whom the public officer comes into contact in relation to the public officer’s functions”. 

More so, the minorities have begun making moves of getting the President to go through an impeachment process. As a matter of fact, the minorities yesterday, confirmed they are finally ready to impeach the President. However the impeachment process has not commenced.

CHRAJ also has decided to act on the petitions it has been receiving, regarding Mahama’s supposed gift of a Ford Expediton car worth $100,000, from the Bukinabe contractor.