While seeking to prove he has the moral character to back his personal commitment to fight corruption in Ghana, President Mahama has said he has not taken a bribe.
In response to questions on his moral standing on the global corruption issue at stake, Mahama told the BBC Focus on Africa Thursday, he has never taken a bribe before.
Speaking to the host, Peter Okwoche, Mahama admitted that, “Any human being in the world would have encountered corruption one way or the other, either being offered a bribe or a bribe being demanded from you.”
However, according to him, “what you need to do is to put yourself in a position to… (shield yourself from it).”
Mahama pointed out that he has personally rejected any attempt to get compromised. When asked if he has ever taken a bribe, his response was, “no, I haven’t taken a bribe.”
Watch video of an excerpt of the interview below:
Explaining further, he said decisions on who gets a contract are not taken by the President, rather, they are done by technical people at the Public Procurement Authority.
The President is currently in London with other mentioned world leaders for an anti-corruption sunnit that generated global attention days before it began.
British Prime Minister David Cameron who is the convener of the meeting had told the Queen of England that Nigeria and Afganistan are “fantastically corrupt” countries.
However, President John Mahama criticized the Prime minister’s comments saying that finger-pointing African countries do not help in the global fight against corruption.
We’ll bring you updates on this as events unfold.