There are speculations that the minority might decide to go for a thorough investigation into the matter, rather than opt for the process to impeach Mahama.
Minority Members of Parliament have kept their word of commencing an impeachment process against President John Mahama regarding the Ford gift saga. The New Patriotic Party (NPP) members have started collecting signatures of Members in the House in a bold move that could lead to a push for impeachment proceedings against the President.
According to reports, at least 50 MPs from the Minority have endorsed a document that may push for the impeachment process. Also, the document could push for a thorough Parliamentary investigation into Mahama’s car gift controversy. However, there are speculations that the minority might decide to go for a thorough investigation into the matter, rather than opt for the process to impeach Mahama.
President Mahama has come under intense attack especially from the opposition party, following reports that he received a Ford Expedition car gift from a Burkinabe Contractor, Djibril Kanzoe. Controversy ensued as it was argued by different people to be a form of bribe to influence the president into awarding juicy government contracts to the contractor.
Though Mr. Kanazoe admitted giving out the Ford expedition car to Mahama, he maintained that the ‘gift’ was purely a friendly gesture and not a bribe. But anti-corruption campaigners have called for a transparent probe, insisting that the car gift may have been a bribe disguised as a friendly gesture, especially as it came from a man whose company had executed two contracts for the Ghanaian government.
Mahama speaking on the issue; trashed all the bribery claims made by his critics especially from the opposition party, regarding them as strategies to tarnish his image ahead of the elections. He dismissed the critics’ threats as a mere bluff, asking them to go ahead and prove their claims. He also asked that they take proper legal actions rather than making ‘baseless rumours’. The President has also said he is not a fan of American cars and that the ford vehicle in question was put into the pool of cars stationed at the presidency.