- Vitus Azeem has described the attempts to link former president John Dramani Mahama to the recent Airbus bribery scandal as very premature
- According to him, it would be too early to accuse Mahama when investigations are still ongoing
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Anti-corruption crusader, Vitus Azeem has described the attempts to link former president John Dramani Mahama to the recent Airbus bribery scandal as very premature.
According to him, it would be too early to accuse Mahama when investigations are still ongoing.
Speaking on Eyewitness News on Citi TV, Vitus Azeem said it was too early for the NPP to draw such conclusions.
“It is too early because once you use an intermediary, there is no guarantee that even if that promise was made, the money would have gone to the person that is the decision-maker.
They [NPP] would want to do that because we are in an election year but I think it is too early. Once the President has asked that it should be investigated, they should wait for it to be investigated,” Vitus Azeem noted.
Ghana was cited as one of the five countries in which the global aerospace group, Airbus SE, allegedly bribed or promised payments to senior officials in exchange for business favors between 2009 and 2015, according to the UK’s Serious Fraud Office.
The company also confessed that its agents allegedly paid bribes to officials in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Taiwan within the same period.
The UK’s Serious Fraud Office, however, in its statement of fact did not name the Ghanaian officials because investigations were still ongoing.
In other news, President Akufo-Addo has ordered the office of the Special Prosecutor spearheaded by Martin Amidu to collaborate with its UK counterpart, the Serious Fraud Office, to conduct a prompt inquiry into a reported Airbus bribery case.
In a statement shared by the director of communications at the presidency, the probe is to determine whether any government official, either past or present is involved in the said scandal.
According to the statement, if the probe goes on to confirm the allegations leveled against the said official, necessary legal action would be taken against him or her.
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