Ford Gift Saga: “Dismiss Petitions; I am innocent” – Mahama Tells CHRAJ

President Mahama tells CHRAJ to dismiss the allegations leveled against him as regards the Ford Expedition gift he received from a Burkinabe contractor…

For those thinking the ford gift brouhaha has been laid to rest, here is a latest development that tells its very much alive and kicking! We would still recall, that three separate petitions against President Mahama were submitted to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ). Among other charges, the President was accused of ‘Conflict of Interest’.

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Consequently, CHRAJ wrote Mahama, demanding answers from him as regards the charges against him. It is in response to the letter, that Mahama tells ChRAJ to dismiss the allegations, on the grounds that he is innocent. Mahama declared his innocence in a letter signed  by his lawyer, Tony  Lithur,  and addressed to the acting Chairperson of CHRAJ.


President Mahama has been under intense criticisms after an investigation revealed he accepted a 2010 Ford Expedition from a Burkinabe contractor, Djibril Kanazoe. Many groups and individuals, including Minority MPs who are of the opinion that the gift was given to the President as a bribe, accused him of corruption.

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This is because, the said investigation revealed the gift was given out by the contractor prior to his being awarded the contract of constructing the Dodo-Pepeso road. Both Djibril Kanazoe and John Mahama admitted giving and receiving the car gift respectively. However, they denied that it has any connection with the awarded contracts as claimed by the accusers.

Following several threats and accusations directed at the President pertaining to the issue, he [Mahama] publicly dismissed all, describing them as baseless rumours. The ruling National Democratic Party has also taken different dimensions to defend the President’s innocence. But, it seems the detractors are far from letting sleeping dog lie as more threats to probe as well as prosecute him on the matter keep trooping in.