The minority in parliament say facts contained in a Joy News report of a contractor offering President John Mahama a luxury vehicle as a gift in 2012 could constitute grounds for impeachment proceedings to be instituted against the President.
According to the minority spokesperson on Constitutional and Legal Affairs, Joe Osei-Owusu the development set grounds for impeachment proceedings against President Mahama. He also noted that the act is a violation of the code of conduct governing public officials.
“We planned and organised our constitution such that the president will not be in need. How many vehicles are in the presidential pool and how many vehicles can he not have? Does he need this gift? Does the state need this gift from a contractor? Why didn’t he [contractor] reduce the cost of the project rather? Some decisions are not personal, whether to impeach the president or not, whether it is right or legal but whether it is politically right is another issue,” he quizzed during an interview on Citi FM.
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A Burkinabe contractor, Djibril Kanazoe, gave the president the luxury vehicle as a gift in 2012.
The 2010 Ford Expedition was transported to Accra facilitated by the Ghana Embassy there, Joy FM’s investigative journalist Manasseh Azure has found.
Mr Kanazoe was the contractor who won a controversial $650,000 Ghana Embassy Fence wall contract.