Mahama’s Ford vehicle gift not bribe – Kwesi Pratt
Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr has argued that he does not agree to suggestions that the Ford Expedition vehicle presented to President John Mahama by a Burkinabe contractor amounts to bribery.
Joy News’ Manasseh Azure in his latest expose claims President John Mahama (then Vice President) was presented with a new Ford Expedition vehicle as a gift by Burkinabe contractor Djibril Kanazoe, allegedly for helping him to secure contracts for fencing Ghana’s embassy in Burkina Faso and also winning the 46.4km European Union funded Dodo-Pepesu Road Contract.
“Burkinabe contractor, Mr. Djibril Kanazoe, who has received praise from President John Mahama for his work, has confirmed he presented a brand new Ford Expedition to the President as a gift…,” Manasseh wrote in his expose, which was also aired on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show.
These claims have been challenged by the Communications Minister, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah.
“The programme sought to link a vehicle presented to the President in 2012 to two contracts awarded to a Burkinabe-owned construction firm. The said vehicle, which was placed in the vehicle pool at the Presidency as per established convention had nothing to do with the award of the contracts,” the Communications Minister posited in a statement.
The veteran journalist speaking on Adom FM’s Morning Show, ‘Dwaso Nsem’ Thursday said he does not subscribe to the opinion that the Ford Expedition vehicle gift amounts to bribery.
“If they are able to prove that there are bribery and corruption involved somehow [in this case], then we can all know what to say [but] so far as I sit in this studio, I do not see any bribery or corruption involved in this matter….,” he argued.
He said he would have been shocked to see ‘something which is meant to be used bribe going through customs checks and others….’,