Mr. David Yaro, Ghana's Administrator General, is on record to have said Mr. Julius Debrah, former President Mahama's Chief of Staff, is the right person to question regarding the case of the 200 plus missing state vehicles.
According to Mr. Yaro, all paperwork covering state property that was presented to the transition team, including those concerning vehicles used at the seat of government, were signed by the then Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah.
“If there are areas that need clarification, the minister going out is invited to help to go through the clarification and everything before you (new minister) sign and take off. One way of making sure they (cars) are missing is that you had your copy of the handing over notes, did you discover the missing vehicles during the transition? If you did, was it raised with whoever signed?"
"In the case of the office of the president, it was signed off by the Chief of Staff, so, the former Chief of Staff should have been questioned to explain how those vehicles came not to be there,” Mr Yaro explained.
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For the past couple of weeks there's been a tug of war between the past immediately past National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration and current New Patriotic Party (NPP) governments over allegedly missing state vehicles believed to still be in the possession of former government officials. Director of Communications at the Presidency, Mr. Eugene Arhin, later revealed that over 200 vehicles - 208 specifically - had been missing from the state pool.
This prompted members of the former Mahama led administration to release a statement on Thursday stating that it had left 641 vehicles and challenged the new government to point out allegedly missing state vehicles. This follows a similar statement saying that if the new government could point out state vehicles in NDC official's possession, the party would assist the state in the re-acquisition of said vehicles.
“We are shocked and we feel very bad about this situation because between 2001 and 2009, similar things happened, and, so, the law establishing our office was promulgated to take care of such things to stem the occurrence of such things. So, if they are happening again, it’s so sad. It means our law is not being very effective or we are not respecting the tenets of the law.”