Govt must not pay for new vehicles, if…

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration should not pay for the 43 new vehicles ordered for the presidency if it did not request for them.

The Executive Director of Imani Ghana – a think tank – Franklin Cudjoe has suggested.

In an interview yesterday, Mr. Cudjoe said the NPP administration has no business paying for the cars if it did not indeed order them.

“If the current administration is insisting they cannot be blamed for this then they simply should not pay for the cars.

In any case the cars are meant for the state but as we are now told, there was no agreement. The current administration did not make any request.”

He also charged the former National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration to offer explanations on “why they should not be saddled with the debt.”

Documents sighted revealed that the contract for the new cars for the presidency was awarded by the John Mahama-led government on January 3, 2017, to Amalgamated Security Services Ltd.

However, the contract has been in limbo following the recent moratorium placed on the purchase of new vehicles by President Nana Akufo-Addo.

It has been gathered that the said vehicles have already been purchased and are currently in Dubai. But there were fears government could pay a judgement debt if it canceled the contract.

Meanwhile, the former presidential staffer, Dr. Clement Apaak claimed that the Mahama-led government ordered the new vehicles for the presidency few weeks before leaving office, on the behest of the current government.

Mr. Apaak, the Buila South MP, who first made the claim on Citi FM’s ‘Big Issue’, had promised to provide further evidence to back his claims.

But a deputy information minister, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah on Monday, denied the claim.



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