This week begun with various political parties and civil society organisations condemning President Mahama over his 'decision' to accept a Ford car gift from a Burkinabe contractor, Djibril Kanazoe. Here is a list of the main highlights of Mahama's car scandal.
1. Mahama revealed that he accepted the car gift as a ''personal gift''.
President Mahama during a breakfast meeting with a cross section of the clergy revealed that he did not view the gift from the Burkinabe contractor as a gift to the state maintaining that he never used it for his personal comfort.
2. Flagstaff House maintains that the president is innocent of all bribery accusations regarding the Ford vehicle saga
The flagstaff house says President John Dramani Mahama will be exonerated in the on-going investigations by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) into the Ford Expedition gift saga as the deputy chief of staff at the presidency, Jonny Osei Kofi, hopes that CHRAJ’s findings will prove that the president had nothing to hide.
3. The Minority in parliament has threatened to begin an impeachment process against Mahama
Minority spokesperson on constitutional and legal affairs, Joe Osei-Owusu says the development regarding Mahama's car gift scandal sets grounds for impeachment proceedings against President Mahama stating that the act is a violation of the code of conduct governing public officials.
4. CHRAJ pledges thorough investigation into 'Mahama Ford' petition
The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has said that it would thoroughly investigate conflict of interest claims against President John Mahama over his receipt of a Ford Expedition vehicle from a Burkina Faso businessman in 2012. Confirming the receipt of petitions from some political parties, the deputy commissioner of CHRAJ, Joseph Whittal, pledged that the commission would be thorough in its investigations and also make the results of its findings public.
5. Former Chraj Boss says Mahama has damaged Ghana's reputation
Emile Short has said the President Mahama damaged Ghana’s reputation when he received a gift of a Ford Expedition vehicle from a Burkina Faso businessman, Djibril Kanazoe. Commenting on the development on Accra-based Class FM,Emile Short said the allegation was a serious one that affected the image of the president and the country.