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24 June 2016

I use Japanese cars, not Fords – Mahama

Many anti-corruption campaigners have slammed the president for what they describe as his disregard for the guidelines on conflict of interest in accepting the vehicle gift from a Burkinabe contractor.

John MahamaPresident John Dramani Mahama has once again clarified issues surrounding his decision to accept a 2010 Ford Expedition vehicle as a ‘gift’, from a Burkinabe contractor, saying he even dislikes American cars.

“I don’t use Fords. I don’t like American cars. I use Japanese cars. Toyota is my car.

“The issue of a Ford Expedition, I have never been under the illusion that gift was a gift to the State and it has never been used for my personal comfort,” he said.

President Mahama was speaking during a breakfast meeting with the clergy at the Flagstaff House.

He said he is aware that some Ghanaians have petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), over the matter, and he will respond to it soon.

“It is matter for the Commission on Human Rights. I hear there is a petition there and appropriately, we will respond to it.”

President John Mahama, speaking on the matter for the first time on Wednesday, rubbished corruption allegations against him, saying such claims are baseless.

“Baseless accusations won’t win you the Presidency. Ghanaians are discerning and I believe come November 7, they will make their decision,” President Mahama told a gathering at Ashaiman during his ‘Accounting to the People tour’ of the Greater Accra region.

Background

Some sections of Ghanaians have expressed anger over reports that President Mahama was given a brand new Ford Expedition in 2012 by a Burkinabe contractor, Djibril Kanazoe who won the bid to construct the $650,000 Ghana Embassy Wall in the Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou.

Many anti-corruption campaigners have slammed the president for what they describe as his disregard for the guidelines on conflict of interest in accepting the vehicle gift.

However, Government in a statement issued by Communications Minister, Edward Omane Boamah said even though the car was received, it had nothing to do with the contract awarded.

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