CHRAJ writes to Mahama over Ford 'gift'

CHRAJ writes to Mahama over Ford 'gift'

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has written to President John Mahama for his response to allegations of conflict of interest made against him by some political parties, the Daily Graphic has reported.

The letter is dated July 7, 2016 and is in line with the (investigations procedure) regulations, 2010 (CI) 67, 2010, according to the report.

It comes after the National Youth League of the Convention People’s Party  and the Progressive People's Party  petitioned CHRAJ to investigate President Mahama for allegedly receiving a Ford Expedition vehicle from a Burkinabe contractor, Mr Djibril Kanazoe of Groupe Kanazoe.

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The businessman is said to have gone on to win two contracts worth over GH¢100 million, according an investigative report by Joy FM journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni.

While government officials say the vehicle is a gift, opposition political parties and some civil society organisations insist that it is a bribe.

President Mahama has, however, rejected accusations of corruption, stressing that he had put the car in the custody of the state. Moreover, he said, American cars were not his favourite.

“I don’t use Fords. I don’t like American cars. I use Japanese cars. Toyota is my car,” he said.

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President Mahama reportedly has 10 days after the date of the receipt of the letter to give his response.

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