Ford Gift Saga CHRAJ throws out bribery allegation against Mahama

The youth of the CPP on June 21, 2016, petitioned CHRAJ to probe President Mahama’s acceptance of the Ford Expedition gift from the contractor, Djibiri Kanazoe

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The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has dismissed bribery allegations levelled against President John Mahama in connection with his acceptance of a Ford Expedition gift from a Burkinabe contractor.

The youth of the CPP on June 21, 2016, petitioned CHRAJ to probe President Mahama’s acceptance of the Ford Expedition gift from the contractor, Djibiri Kanazoe.

READ ALSO: CPP petitions CHRAJ over Ford Expedition gift

The party’s youth wing argues that, the circumstances surrounding the gift and the acceptance of it by President Mahama, contravened the 1992 constitution.

But in a 78-page report, CHRAJ said its investigations concluded that the President’s action did not amount to accepting a bribe.

This is because, upon evidence, the President submitted the Ford Expedition gift from the Burkinabe contractor, Mr Djibril Freres Kanazoe to the state, Graphic Online reports.

CHRAJ, however, said Mr Mahama violated the Gift Policy under the Code of Conduct.

Some sections of Ghanaians expressed anger over reports that President Mahama was given a brand new Ford Expedition in 2012 by a Burkinabe contractor, Djibril Kanazoe who won the bid to construct the $650,000 Ghana Embassy Wall in the Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou.

Many anti-corruption campaigners slammed the president for what they describe as his disregard for the guidelines on conflict of interest in accepting the vehicle gift.

However, Government in a statement issued by Communications Minister, Edward Omane Boamah said even though the car was received, it had nothing to do with the contract awarded.

READ ALSO: I use Japanese cars, not Fords - Mahama

President John Mahama subsequently rubbished corruption allegations against him, saying such claims are baseless.

The Speaker of Parliament Edward Doe Adjaho later dismissed a motion filed by the minority over President Mahama's Ford Gift Saga.

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