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General News of Monday, 24 June 2019


Group petitions CHRAJ over Mahama’s ‘car gift’ to NDC

A group calling itself, Truth and Accountability Forum (TAF) wants the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), to investigate former President John Dramani Mahama for donating over 20 Nissan pickup and Renault Duster saloon cars to the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The cars were donated to the NDC after the party’s flagbearer elections in February.

The group said Mr. Mahama breached Section 238 of the Criminal Offenses Act of 1960 with his donation.

Speaking to Citi News, Executive Director of the Forum, Saaka Salia, said CHRAJ must act on the petition.

“They bought those vehicles and presented them in order to buy the contents. Article 55 of the Constitution enjoins every individual and political parties to run in democratic ways therefore if you have someone who is running a show in his or her political party in a manner that is undemocratic then it is cause for concern.”

“We demand a probe into the vehicles that were presented. You remember Goosie Tanoh had cause to register his misgiving and disquiet about the fact that John Mahama was using money and other resources to outsmart them in the race and I think CHRAJ needs to come out there and do the investigation.”

In April, Mr. Mahama donated over 20 vehicles to the NDC, saying it was to enhance the operational capacity of the party’s regional offices.

It was widely claimed at the time that the Nissan pickups and Renault Duster saloon cars were donated by various benefactors to support Mr. Mahama during the party’s internal presidential primaries.

Handing over the vehicles to the National Chairman of the NDC, John Mahama promised to intensify his efforts to raise logistics and resources for the party in the run-up to the campaign for the 2020 general elections.

The National Chairman of the NDC, Ofosu Ampofo thanked Mahama and assured him that the vehicles will be used to campaign vigorously for his re-election as President of Ghana in the 2020 election.