The PPP has called for a re-opening of investigations on the failed STX Korea deal.
Following the controversy surrounding President Mahama’s acceptance of a car gift from a Burkinabe contractor, the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has called for a re-opening of investigations on the failed STX Korea deal.
The STX Korea deal was targeted at building 30,000 housing units in phase one of the proposed 200,000 units project within five years. The deal was later cancelled after minority MPs raised pertinent questions about the credibility of the agreement. Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom’s PPP has in a statement demanded a fresh investigation into the president’s role in the failed deal. The party also demanded thorough investigations on the Burkinabe contractor and that he should be banned from participating in all Ghana Government contracts.
The party have urged other contractors to learn from this controversial incident and desist from giving such ‘gifts’ to prominent government officials. The PPP had earlier called on Mahama to step down as Ghana’s President, or face possible legal action from the party which will compel him to do so.
Speaking on behalf of the party, the chairman Nii Allotey Brew Hammond, chided the President for accepting the car gift from the contractor, saying he should have known better not to get involved in such act.
An investigation by Joy FM reporter, revealed that Mahama collected a car gift worth $100,000 from the said contractor, the same time he awarded him a 650,000 dollar controversial deal to build a fence wall at Ghana’s Embassy in the Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougo. There have been massive back lash against the President since the discovery.
There have been strong claims from different government stakeholders that the gift was in form of a bribe, to sway the president into awarding juicy contracts like the aforementioned, to the contractor.
Government in its response to the allegations has said the car was not a bribe to Mahama. The Minister of Communication, Dr Omane Boamah, had also issued a statement confirming that President Mahama received the 2010 Ford Expedition model but stressed that it was not a bribe.