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Linking car gift to corruption 'untenable' – Baako

Speaking on Joy FM’s news analysis programme “Newsfile” Saturday, the veteran journalists said he did not seen any linkage between the car gift and potential conflict of interest or corruption.

 
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Speaking on Joy FM’s news analysis programme “Newsfile” on Saturday, the veteran journalists said he did not seen any linkage between the car gift and potential conflict of interest or corruption.

He described attempts to read meaning into the gift as “bribery” to the president as “untenable.”

He said “…if you read the story carefully relative to the commentary that was also companying the story, not by Manasseh but other commentators, I had not seen any establishment of the link between the car gift and the award of contract. I had not seen that in the story.”

“So for me the attempt to also read meaning into that as bribery to the president was untenable,” he added.

Baako was among four panelists who were discussing a Joy FM investigation about how a Burkinabe contractor won multiple contracts after becoming friends with President Mahama.

The investigations further showed that the contractor was being considered for another contract to construct the Wa-Hamile road on sole-sourcing basis.

But on Thursday the Burkinabe contractor pulled out of the ₵82m road construction earmarked for him on sole sourcing.

Road and Highways Minister Insuah Fuseini said on Thursday that Mr. Djibril Kanazoe will no longer execute the new contract.

According to him, Kanazoe was invited to be selected for the purpose of executing the Wa-Hamile road but refused to partake in the tendering process without ‘any reason.’

“The Burkinabe contractor Mr. Djibril Kanazoe’s based on his previous performance was invited to be a part of the contractors to be selected for the purpose of executing the contract.

“Sorry to inform you that the contractor refused to partake in the process when the bids were available to be purchased,” he said.

Fuseini said the bids were made available two weeks ago and that the tender was opened on Wednesday, June 15.

According to him, the contractor did not give any reason for his withdrawal.

Fuseini added that he did not also bother to find out the reason Kanazoe pulled out, saying “I don’t think he has any obligation to give any reason.”

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