Three months to Ghana’s general elections, the country’s parliament has initiated moves to impeach President John Mahama. Though the legislators are on recess, the Speaker, Joe Adjaho, has recalled them for resumption Thursday, September 1, to begin debate on the issue. The President is alleged to have received an expensive car (Ford) as ‘gift’ from a contractor and national of Burkina Faso. Opposition parties and a cross section of Ghanaians, however, insist the present was a bribe.
The country’s constitution bars a sitting President or political office holder from collecting a gift, either in cash or kind. But reacting to the allegation, Information Minister, Edward Boamah, argued that Mahama’s government is the only one in the history of the country that has dragged its officials and party members to court over allegations of corruption.
Boamah cited former Minister of Transport, Mrs. A. Attivor, and three other party faithful facing trial to buttress his assertion. In a statement, Bohama said Mahama and the contractor had been friends, since the time he (Mahama) was Vice-President. He explained that Mahama had attended the funeral for the contractor’s father, and that the car had been a donation from the Burkinabe’s family, a token of cordial relationship. Read more