- Former president Mahama has responded to allegations that members of his government stole state vehicles
- He says his government handed over 400 vehicles to the incoming NPP administration
- He says the state vehicle scandal is part of a political trend to demonize an outgoing administration
Ghana's former president, H.E. John Dramani Mahama, has commented the controversial issue of state vehicles almost a year after the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration began a controversial move to retrieve state vehicles from former government officials.
Former president John Mahama has responded to allegations that members of his administration stole state vehicles after his government last the last general elections at the 2016 December polls.
Speaking on GTV's Moomen tonight show, former president Mahama stated that his government left "a sea of vehicles" at the NPP administration's disposal when it handed over the reigns of government.
The former head of state related that his government handed over over 400 vehicles to the incoming administration, and added that this being the case, there was no way the claims that 300 vehicles were missing could possibly be true.
“...an inventory list of government assets were taken including vehicles and so all those vehicles were parked at the Flagstaff House. I remember when I took Nana Addo round and went into the Presidential Villa, you could see into the car park, and there was a sea of vehicles that were associated with the presidency,” said President Mahama.
Former President Mahama said that even President Nana Akufo-Addo knew of the vehicles being handed over to him, and added that the ensuing controversy was part of the political trend of demonizing an outgoing administration.
Pay attention: Get all the latest news on YEN.com.gh
Although he did admit that some vehicles may have been "misplaced", he stated that if 300 vehicles were truly missing, some sort of prosecution would have taken place.
“There might be one of two vehicles that might be misplaced but 300 vehicles missing, by now people should be arrested and prosecuted,” said the former head of state.
Do you have any story to share with YEN? Get featured! We are available on Facebook