Car gift: Mahama brushes aside “baseless” corruption charge

President John Mahama has brushed aside bribery and corruption charges against him in the wake of an exposé on a car gift he received in 2012.

The President, during his ‘accounting to the people tour’ of the Greater Accra region on Wednesday has described the allegation of corruption as baseless.

Mahama has been accused of bribery and corruption by the opposition New Patriotic Party and a section of Ghanaians after reports emerged that he took a car gift from a Burkinabe contractor when he was vice president.

The NPP, early on in a press conference, charged the President to personally speak up on the issue and clear his name.

READ: Car gift: ‘Mr. President, please speak’ – NPP to Mahama

But responding to the charge, the President says the allegations will not stick because Ghanaians are discerning.

“The allegation of corruption is baseless. Baseless accusations won’t win you the Presidency. Ghanaians are discerning and I believe come November 7, they will make their decision,” he told a gathering at Ashaiman.

CHRAJ to probe Mahama

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has said it would conduct an investigation following petitions by the youth wing of the opposition Convention Peoples Party and some private citizens

According to the youth of the CPP, the President’s acceptance of the gift from Burkinabe contractor, Djibril Kanazoe, is an act that contravenes the 1992 constitution.

Mr. Kanazoe has won government contracts in Ghana but the government says his gift has in no way influenced the awarding of the said contracts.



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