A renowned contractor based in Burkina Faso, Djibril Kanazoe has revealed giving president Mahama a brand new Ford Expedition vehicle as a gift upon winning a contract with government.
Investigations conducted by Joy FM shows that there is evidence that the contractor gave a brand new Ford Expedition out (2010 model) as a “gift” to President John Mahama in 2012, the year he won the two contracts in Ghana.
In a letter dated October 29, 2012 and signed by the Head of Chancery at the Ghana Embassy in Burkina Faso, Maxwell Nyarko-Lartey, for the Head of Mission the said ''gift'' is reported to have been ordered.
“I have been directed to inform you that the Ghana Mission in Ouagadougou is assisting with the Transportation of a gift donated to His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana by Mr. Djibril Kanazoe, a
renowned Contractor in Burkina Faso. The said gift is a Ford Expedition with engine No. E173A1905101 and Chassis No. 1FMJUIJ58AEB748. I am to request the competent Ghanaian Boarder Authorities at the Paga Border to kindly assist with the passage of the said vehicle and those transporting it without any let or hindrance. I wish to take this opportunity on behalf of his Excellency the Ambassador to express the Mission’s appreciation in anticipation of your kind cooperation,” excerpts of the letter stated.
Djibril Kanazoe reveals that his friendship with President John Mahama started when he wanted a road contract in Ghana, but failed to win the bid.
“I have been going to Ghana since 2003. The people from Mechanical Llyod, somebody was my friend there. My friend helped me to set up this company [Africa Motors in Burkina Faso]. His name is Morkporkpor. My friend’s friend is Mike Aidoo. So we made the first tender. When we made the tender, we didn’t win. One day he told me he know [sic] the Vice President [John Mahama] so let’s go to salute [greet] him. We went to salute him and I show [sic] him what we does [sic] in Burkina Faso. And we became friends. We talk a lot! We talk a lot. One day my father died, he sent a delegation to my village to salute the family,” he said.
The office of the president is yet to comment on the shocking revelation as questions remain as to whether the gift was indeed a gift or a bribe.