Former President John Dramani Mahama has served notice that since the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has made the issue of corruption a major item of debate in the lead-up to the 2020 elections, he has readily picked up the gauntlet.
“I intend to address all the allegations of corruption made against me over the years, and I will also take on fully, Nana Akufo-Addo on his own record of corruption,” he stated in an interview with the Daily Graphic.
Mr Mahama, who was speaking in his first public comments on the Airbus saga, debunked claims that he personally benefitted from the deal financially.
He also dismissed allegations of wrongdoing in the purchase of the two aircraft for the Ghana Armed Forces.
“Let me state without any equivocation that no financial benefit accrued to me. Neither was there any form of inducement in the purchase of the aircraft. My singular motivation was to equip and retool the Ghana Armed Forces in a manner that would make the discharge of their national and international roles efficient and less burdensome and for all the sacrifices that our men and women in uniform make, they do not deserve less”.
“I am happy that the said aircraft have become the backbone of the Ghana Air Force and its operations. They are used for troop transportation, logistics deployment and medical evacuation,” the former President stated.
Earlier this year, news went viral that Airbus, Europe’s largest aerospace multinational, admitted paying huge bribes in order to secure contracts in Ghana, under the erstwhile Mills-Mahama administration.
Airbus was found guilty by a High Court in London and is to pay a fine of 3 billion pounds (£3bn) as penalties. Anti-corruption investigators according to The Guardian Report, has described the court’s decision as the largest ever corporate fine for bribery in the world after judges declared the corruption was “grave, pervasive and pernicious.”
Ghana under late President John Atta-Mills in 2011 and former President John Mahama in 2015, acquired three Airbus C295 planes from the company as part of an effort to augment and modernize the fleet of the Ghana Armed Forces.
It emerged that the first order of the military aeroplane arrived in the country on November 17, 2011, followed by a second on March 19, 2012. The last order arrived in the country on December 4, 2015.
President John Dramani Mahama, in November 2014, announced that Ghana was to acquire an additional C295, in addition to other aircraft, including five Super Tucanos, Mi-17s and four Z-9s.
A total of about $150 million was spent in acquiring all the three aircraft, one of which overshot the runway recently. Ghana’s Ministry of Defence stated that the accident happened because the aircraft had not gone for its scheduled maintenance.
Following the naming and involvement of former high-ranking former Ghanaian officials in the scandal, Ghana’s Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu launched further investigations into the matter in February.
Special Prosecutor Invitation
The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) in March invited four individuals to assist in investigations into the alleged act of bribery and related offence in the purchase of three aircrafts from Airbus SE for Ghana.
A public notice by the OSP said the individuals identified by acronym in the Statement of Facts and accepted as findings of fact in a judgement of the UK Crown Court are to assist in the investigation of corruption and corruption-related offences in the purchase of the Aircraft.
A public notice by the OSP said: “SAMUEL ADAM FOSTER a. k. a. SAMUEL ADAM MAHAMA a UK/Ghanaian citizen, and the three other UK nationals: PHILIP SEAN MIDDLEMISS, LEANNE SARAH DAVIS and SARAH FURNEAUX are hereby invited to assist the Office of the Special Prosecutor in the on-going investigation of bribery and corruption involving in excess of 3,596,523.00 Eurosand 1,665,000.00 Euros respectively, and collaborating with Ghanaian public Officers to use their public office for private profit or benefit in the purchase of three (3) C-295 aircraft by the Government of Ghana from Airbus SE”.
Source: Peace FM
‘We Build While NDC is Only Good At Destroying’– Akufo-Addo
President Nana Akufo Addo has accused his main political opponent, the National Democratic Congress of being good at destroying all the wonderful things the NPP has built-in all political facet.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo made the controversial statement when he was reading his acceptance speech at an event held at the Alisa Hotel in Accra to acclaim him and the Vice president, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as the NPP’s flagbearer and running mate for 2020 elections.
Nana Akufo Addo cited numerous examples to buttress his stance: “We grow the economy, they shrink it. We create the properly regulated, enabling atmosphere for business to flourish, they allow chancers and speculators to lure citizens into putting their monies into doggy enterprises.”
He continued: “They bring our banks and financial services to near collapse and we’ve to clean up, shore up and restore confidence. They plunge us into dumsor, we keep the lights on. They look on clueless as hundreds of thousands of Ghana’s children exit schools at JHS, we bring Free SHS and Free TVET to prepare our children better to face life. They resort to crude language when faced with difficult arguments, we raise the level of public discourse”.
NPP, NDC clash in Volta Region
The two political parties will be holding press conferences in the region
The Volta region will today, Monday, June 28, 2020, become the political battleground for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The two political parties will be holding press conferences in the region to address issues relating to recent developments in the region.
Whereas the NDC will be holding their press conference in Aflao in the Ketu South District, the NPP will be holding their press conference in Ho, the regional capital.
The Volta Region has in recent times been trending on many news and social media platforms following the increased security presence along the borders of the country, including Volta Region which lies on Ghana’s eastern boundary with neighbouring Togo.
The opposition NDC party at a press conference in Ho last week made a lopsided assessment of the NPP government and incited residents of the region against alleged destabilisation attempts by the government.
The Volta NDC Regional Communications Officer, Kafui Agbleze scored the NPP government 17 per cent as far as fulfilling their promises to the Volta region was concerned. While the Regional Chairman, Henry Ametefe made various wild allegations and divisive comments against the ruling NPP government.
He also made some tribal comments and incited residents against other tribes of the country, particularly the Akyems.
The Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Letsa in reacting to the issues pleaded forgiveness for the Volta NDC Chairman, Henry Ametefe over his tribal, inciteful and divisive comments.
He assured all that there was peace in the region and that war drums beaten by his friend from the other side was unfortunate and needless.
Meanwhile, K.T. Hammond the MP for Adansi Asokwa in the Ashanti region made some comments about Togolese interfering in the elections of Ghana. He said the close relationship between Voltarians living along the Ghana-Togo border and citizens of Togo made it easy for some non-Ghanaians to participate in Ghana’s elections. Hence, the deployment of additional security along Ghana’s borders.
These comments have received a lot of backlash from residents of the Volta Region who have through various platforms expressed their displeasure.
It is therefore not surprising that the NDC in its fifth edition of weekly press briefing will be addressing the nation from Aflao in Ketu South of the Volta Region. The press briefing which is being organised by the NDC Communications Bureau will be on the Topic; The 2020 Voter Registration exercise. It expected to have all 15 NDC MPs from the region present.
Although NPP has not stated what their press conference will tackle, DGN Online suspects it will address the allegations and issues raised by the NDC in the last press conference in Ho. The news conference which will be addressed by the Volta NPP Chairman, Makafui Woanya, may also try and pre-empt the issues to be addressed in the press briefing of the NDC which will come up later in the day.
Election 2020: Akufo-Addo mocks Mahama, NDC as he announces Bawumia as running mate
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has retained his vice, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, as his running mate for the Presidential elections in December.
The announcement which was greeted with unanimous cheers was also approved by the National Council and the National Executive Committee (NEC), making him the official running mate for Akufo-Addo.
“Today I have the honour to put into consideration with you my choice of running mate for the fourth time, the excellent hardworking vice president Alhaji Mahamadu Bawumia. With your endorsement, the party will complete its presidential ticket.
A feat that appears to elude some of our opponents. We have no such difficulty we have a most fitting person to feature on our ticket and I give you Mr digital, Mr you and I were not there, the economic prophet, the Adam Smith of Walewale, my good and loyal friend, Alhaji Mahamadu Bawumia,” he proclaimed amidst cheers.
This means that Mr Bawumia has been selected by the NPP flagbearer for the fourth straight time.
In his acceptance speech, Dr Bawumia expressed gratitude to Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP for choosing him again and promised not to disappoint the President and the party.
Meanwhile, former President John Dramani Mahama and by extension, the National Democratic Congress are yet to make public the running mate of the NDC flagbearer.
Although a number of individuals have been speculated, Mr Mahama has noted that he is not under pressure to make the announcement and would do so in due time.
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