What’s Next For The Minorities? Speaker Rejects Motion To Investigate Mahama’s Ford Gift

The motion filed by the Minorities in Parliament calling for investigations into President Mahama’s Ford gift saga, has been dismissed by the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho.

The Speaker who did not deem it appropriate for the house to handle the issue, directed the Minority New Patriotic Party (NPP), to pursue the case at the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice, (CHRAJ).

The Speaker also dismissed the motion on grounds that CHRAJ, is a constitutional body known for investigating cases against public officials.

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In a motion dated August 3, 2016, the Minority requested that Parliamentarians are recalled from recess, to ascertain if President Mahama erred, when he collected a Ford Expedition car as gift from a Burkinabe contractor.

But when the house reconvened on Thursday, Edward Adjaho rejected it and adjourned sitting sine die (without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing).

Speaker, Edward Doe Adjaho
Speaker, Edward Doe Adjaho

About Mahama’s Ford Gift Saga

Since investigations by Joy News journalists revealed that President Mahama received a Ford expedition car worth about $100,000 in 2012, as gift from a Burkinabe contractor Djibril Kanazoe, the President has come under severe criticisms.

Majority of Mahama’s critics especially the opposition parties, have had the belief that Mahama’s Ford gift was a form of bribe, to influence him into giving out juicy contracts to the contractor.

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Mahama’s Ford gift was also considered an inducement, as Kanazoe was subsequently awarded a contract to handle the Dodo Pepeso-Nkwanta road construction project, and other million dollar contracts.

Different agitations from various opposition parties, led to the NPP to request a parliamentary probe on the issue. The minority members of Parliament filed a motion, requesting the House to investigate the car gift given to Mahama.

But then the Convention People’s Party (CPP) petitioned CHRAJ to investigate the possible conflict of interest. Seeing as the matter is already under investigations by CHRAJ, the Speaker of Parliament rejected the motion by the minority. He argued that CHRAJ is the right body to investigate the matter.

The Speaker explained that “CHRAJ is the institution vested with the exclusive constitutional authority to deal with all relevant matters relating to breach of code of conduct of public officers.” He added that such matters include that of Mahama’s receipt of the Ford expedition car.

Having said that, the Speaker asked the Clerk of Parliament to return the motion to the Member of Parliament who filed it.