Editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako says Joy FM reporter, Manasseh Azure Awuni's investigative piece on a car gift to President John Dramani Mahama is a good work done but cannot redescribed as bribe.
According to him the great lengths Manasseh went to, to get to the bottom of the matter is commendable, but the attempt to link the issue to a bribe could have been better packaged.
Speaking on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana show on Thursday, the ace journalist described Manasseh's investigative piece as a “serious issue" for which reason it behoves on government to come out and give Ghanaians the fine details.
An investigation by Manasseh spanning three months has revealed that Burkinabe contractor, Djibril Kanazoe gave a Ford Expedition valued at $100,000 to President Mahama in 2012 after he had won two construction contracts.
But Mr Baako who is a known critic of the NDC party said the entire transaction of the said vehicle could have been tidied up to avoid what in his view is the unnecessary ‘public heat’ the matter has generated.
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He also revealed on the show that his checks indicate that the car is not being used by the president for personal purposes.
Meanwhile, the NDC parliamentary candidate for the Tamale North constituency, Alhaji Alhassan Suhuyini who was also on the same programme described Manasseh’s documentary as unfortunate.
To him, the report is full of the trappings of a novice intoxicated by fame.
He added that he is inclined to believe the Joy FM investigative reporter has a personal agenda against the president.