The NPP has said that Mahama must speak on the car gift controversy, to tell his own side of the story
The latest development on President Mahama’s gift controversy is that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has demanded that the President speaks on the issue. The President has reportedly been silent since the discovery. Mahama was alleged to have collected a $100,000 Ford Expedition car gift by a Burkinabe contractor (Djibril Kanzoe) to influence him into awarding him juicy contracts. Now the NPP has said that Mahama must speak on the car gift controversy, to tell his own side of the story.
Since the discovery, the government has tried to explain to the public that the said gift was not a form of bribe to the President. The Ministry of Communication had issued a statement admitting that Mahama received the gift from the contractor but not as a bribe. But the NPP has insisted that the public needs to hear what the President has to say for himself on the issue, and that his long silence on the matter is worrying. According to reports, Mahama is yet to officially respond to the allegations leveled against him.
The President has come under massive attacks from the public since word about the ‘gift’ broke out. The Minority MPs had hinted at a possible impeachment process against Mahama, citing a portion of the constitution which the President seems to have breached.
According to the acting National Chairman of the NPP, Freddie Blay, the President’s conduct violates the country’s constitution. The NPP has also demanded that the parliament probes all contracts awarded the Burkinabe contractor.
The NPP’s demand comes on the heels of the Progressive People’s Party’s (PPP) threat of dragging the President before the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) over the issue. CHRAJ had said it will commence investigations on the matter. These matters arising are quite perturbing to Ghanaians, as the President recently stated on BBC that he has never collected a bribe.
Are there chances the President might be implicated during the course of the investigations? One cannot really say, but be sure we’ll keep you updated.