Former Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah approved the purchase of the vehicles on December 9, 2016, the same day Charlotte Osei declared that the National Democratic Congress had lost the elections.
The continuing row about the purchase of 43 cars to be added to the presidential poll has taken a new twist.
Accra-based Citi FM reports that it has sighted documents that reveal that the former Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah approved the purchase of the vehicles on December 9, 2016, the same day Charlotte Osei, the Electoral Commission chairperson, declared that the National Democratic Congress had lost the elections.
This contradicts previous assertions by members of the former administration that the decision to purchase the cars was agreed upon by the incoming Nana Akufo-Addo led government in a meeting by the transition team.
“This letter from the former Chief of Staff, Mr. Julius Debrah, was signed two days before then-President, John Mahama inaugurated the Presidential transition team, which he co-chaired with then President-elect, Nana Akufo Addo…The two-paragraph letter authorizing the purchase was dated December 9, 2016, whereas the transition team was officially inaugurated on December 11, 2016”, Citi FM reports.
“The letter noted that, the deal was authorized by the outgoing Finance Minister, Seth Terkper, to take note of the decision to purchase the 43 vehicles “for necessary action accordingly.” The letter also clearly stated that, the outgoing government had “decided to acquire some vehicles for the incoming administration”, the report adds.
There are fears that the cars, which are said to be in Dubai, would cause the country to be embroiled in yet another judgment debt cars, if this current government cancels the purchase. That is because, this government has put a freeze on the purchase of cars by all government agencies.