- The Majority Leader in Parliament has called on former president John Dramani Mahama to avail himself for investigation over the recent Airbus bribery scandal
- Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu believes that since the alleged case happened during the time he was vice president and president, he needs to present himself
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The Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has called on former president John Dramani Mahama to avail himself for questioning over the recent Airbus bribery scandal that happened in 2009 and 2015.
He said although Mahama’s name was not clearly stated in the legal documents that disclosed the alleged deal, it is prudent for him to present himself to be probed since he served as Vice President and President within the period.
Speaking to Citi News, Kyei Mensah-Bonsu reminisced how the then Minority in Parliament's bid to get details about the deal that was raised on the floor of the House did not yield any results.
“The issue we raised then was about suspicion and we wrote to the [Airbus] centres, the one in Brazil, Spain and finally France but we hit a roadblock in all of them…
I think if former president [John] Mahama is committed to transparency and accountability, he should open himself up for these institutions to probe into the matter,” he said.
The majority leader believes John Mahama, who is seeking to return to power, must allow himself to be probed to bring clarity on the matter.
He indicated that his caucus at the time had strong suspicions that something was wrong about the deal but the challenges in Parliament made it difficult for the minority to push further to get full details on the matter.
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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