President John Mahama has again reacted to the Ford Expedition car gift saga indicating that “I don’t use Ford, I don’t like American cars, I use Japanese cars, Toyota is my car…” Meanwhile he has also indicated that his outfit is awaiting an official letter from the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and “appropriately, we’d respond to it.”
The president’s latest comment comes on the back of a similar response on Wednesday June 23 at Ashaiman during his ‘Accounting to the People Tour’. Addressing members of the Clergy on Thursday morning at a breakfast meeting at the Flagstaff House, President Mahama said “recently there’s the issue of a Ford Expedition…, I’ve never been under the illusion that that vehicle was a gift to the state and it’s never been used for my personal comfort.
“In any case I don’t use Ford, I don’t like American cars, I use Japanese cars, Toyota is my car but it’s a matter for the Commission on Human Rights. I hear there’s a petition there, appropriately we’d respond to it.” President Mahama has come under criticism in the last few days over reports of a car gift given to him by a Burkinabe contractor who is purported to have given the vehicle to the president to gain contract favours.
The presidency has refuted the allegations but some political parties including the leading New Patriotic Party have asked for a probe into the allegation. Some other institutions have petitioned CHRAJ to investigate the accusation leveled against the president By Martin Asiedu-Dartey|