Matthew Opoku Prempeh, popularly known as Napo has hinted that the Mahama Ford gift is nowhere to be found in state pool of vehicles despite speculations that the SUV was among the vehicles handed over to the Akuffo Addo administration.
Speaking on Adom TV in Accra on Tuesday, the MP for Manhyia South asserted that, the Ford SUV that was allegedly gifted to ex-president Mahama in his time of office is not among the state pool of vehicles.
” I was looking for that particular car…ask President Mahama who he left the car with.”, Napo said and challenged the host to probe into the matter.
“I will personally drive the car back if it is found”, the MP added.
Opoku Prempeh went on to say that, when he took office of the Ministry of Education, the ministry did not have a single vehicle.
“I was told by the chief director that after the elections, there was a directive to bring all the ministry’s vehicles to the Flagstaff House. Apparently, the same thing happened to all the ministries to show off the vehicles as vehicles in the state pool”, Napo said.
In 2012, Ex-President Mahama admitted receiving a Ford SUV gift worth about $100,000 from a Burkinabe contractor, Djibril Kanazoe.
This sparked a nationwide controversy on air and various social media platforms. The gift was considered an inducement as Kanazoe was subsequently awarded a contract to construct the Dodo Pepeso-Nkwanta road.
This was after he had constructed a fence wall for a land belonging to Ghana’s Embassy in Burkina Faso for nearly half a million dollars.
President Mahama was harshly criticized for accepting the vehicle though he claimed to have put in the state’s pool of vehicles.
Critics alleged that the revelation indicated a case of conflict of interest and called for his impeachment.
CHRAJ, after an investigation into the matter said John Mahama violated the gift policy by accepting the vehicle; but cleared him of any allegation of corruption.
That vehicle is still in the pool of government and even as I handed over to my predecessor [Nana Akufo-Addo], that vehicle is in the service of the Government of Ghana. I was never under any illusion that the vehicle was given to me as a gift personally, and so I never ever considered it as a personal gift. The vehicle continued to serve the government under my administration and has been left to the new government,” Mahama said.