The latest development on Mahama’s car gift controversy is that Minority MPs have threatened to impeach the President on allegations of bribery.
The issue of the controversial gift received by President Mahama from a renowned Burkinabe contractor continues to take different dimensions as more facts on the story continue to unfold. The latest development on Mahama’s car gift controversy is that Minority Members of Parliament (MPs) have threatened to impeach the President on allegations of bribery.
The Minority have strong beliefs that the gift was a bribe to Mahama to influence him into giving out huge contracts to the Burkinabe contractor.
A comprehensive report from a thorough investigation by a Joy FM Journalist revealed that Mr. Djibril Kanzoe, the contractor gave a brand new Ford Expedition out (2010 model) as a “gift” to Mahama in 2012, the year he won two juicy contracts in Ghana. Kanzoe is also known to be the only African contractor who won part of the contract on the Eastern Corridor Road Project, which is one of the biggest road projects ever to be undertaken in Ghana.
Reports from the investigations have revealed a possible shady dealing between the President and the contractor; who was also given a 650,000 dollar contract to rebuild a wall for the Ghanaian Embassy in Burkina Faso, among other million-dollar contracts.
Reacting to the issue, the government has rejected allegations of any wrongdoing by the President, implying it was just a gift and nothing more. But then article 284 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana states that,
“A public officer shall not put himself in a position where his personal interest conflicts or is likely to conflict with the performance of the functions of his office.”
The above section of the constitution buttresses the MPs’ arguments that the President failed to uphold the laws of the country in the said incident. With respect to the mentioned section of the constitution, the spokesperson of the Minority has hinted at a looming impeachment process against Mahama.
Seeing how facts on the issue are evolving, we will keep you updated on any further development.