Burkinabe Gift Saga: Contractor Suddenly Abandons ¢82m Contract Offer

The Gift saga seems to have grown so hot to a degree the Burkinabe contractor could no longer condone…

Hence, it has been reported that the Burkinabe contractor has opted out of an ¢82 million bid to construct a 28-kilometre road.

The news was made known to Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Thursday, by the Minister for Roads and Highways, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini. According to the Minister, Djibril Kanazoe, the Executive Director of the group has expressed disinterest in the contract. However, it is yet to be confirmed why Mr. Kanazoe withdrew his interest.

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A three-month investigation by Joy News’ Manasseh Azure Awuni has revealed that Djibril Kanazoe, President and Director-General of Groupe Kanazoe, gave a Ford Expedition to President Mahama in 2012 after he had won two construction contracts. The Burkinabe contractor also admitted doing so recently, but denied it having any links with the awarded contracts.

One of the contracts was to build a wall around a piece of land for Ghana’s Embassy in Burkina Faso at a cost of $650,000. Another was the Dodo Pepeso-Nkwanta road worth €25.9million. The investigations further revealed that the contractor was being considered for another contract to construct the Wa-Hamile road on sole-sourcing basis.

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The Roads Minister, Inusah Fuseini, explained to Joy News’ investigative journalist Manasseh Azure last Friday that the Burkinabe contractor was being considered for theWa-Hamile 28-kilometre road project because of his proximity to the area as well as his good and reliable track record. The minister said it is because of the quality of the road and the fact that Mr. Kanazoe is near the project site.

Kanazoe is in Burkina Faso. He has finished Dodo-Pepeso. He has demobilised and his equipment is in Burkina Faso, he will quickly mobilise and come down by reason of close proximity of the Hamile area to Burkina Faso. Two, he has a record of good work in Ghana. He knows the terrain…geographically he should be familiar…. that is why we are in discussions with him to partner us to continue to road in Hamile, Minister Fuseini told Manasseh Azure on Friday, 10th June, 2016.

Minister Fuseini further pointed out to Manasseh that he wanted the Burkinabe contractor to do the Hamile road because he was the one who constructed part of the road – the extension of the road in Burkina Faso right to the border of Hamile. He also indicated that the Dodo Pepeso-Nkwanta he worked on was funded by the Saudi Fund. He therefore, instructed his officers to see whether he could be engaged and also find Saudi Fund for him to continue the road to Ghana.

However, speaking a day after the story about the contractor’s gift to the president broke on media platforms, Inusah Fuseini now says Djibril Kanazoe was invited alongside other contractors about two weeks ago to bid for the road project on Wednesday June 15, 2016. But Djibril Kanazoe was absent at the event.

Insuah Fuseini said that although Djibril Kanazoe is not under any obligation to give reasons for his disinterest, he has no idea why the contractor who is highly praised by President Mahama for his work, would opt out of the offer.

Notwithstanding the exposé, the Roads and Highways Minister emphasized that Mr. Kanazoe has never involved himself in any misconduct to warrant his being blacklisted.

Manasseh Azureh is however, of the opinion that Section 40, of the Public Procurement Law, does not allow the minister to award the contracts to the Burkinabe contractor through sole-sourcing. With this, coupled with findings from his investigations, he insists that even with the reasons given by the Roads and Highways minister, it still would have been illegal to consider Mr. Kanazoe for the contract on sole-sourcing basis.