The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), has stated that it will need more time to investigate the circumstances under which President John Dramani Mahama, received a $100,000 Ford vehicle from a Burkinabe contractor, who had benefited from juicy government contracts.
Head of Public Relations at CHRAJ, Akosua Edu, explained that though their investigations have reached advanced stages, they will need more time to adequately deal with the matter adding that, they will come out with recommendations in due course.
“At the moment, I can tell you that we have made significant progress into the investigation and appropriate recommendations would be made as soon as possible. The investigation is being done in accordance with CHRAJ’s investigation regulation.
“I believe the petitioners have confidence in us, that is why they brought the petition to us to work on, and we have made significant progress and recommendations would be brought out when we are ready,” Madam Edu said.
She pleaded for some time to continue with the investigation and that at the end of the day, when the recommendations are out, it would allay any fears.
Madam Edu indicated that if the Commission is not ready, it can’t come out and say it is ready since it is doing its work and the work must be properly done and so we don’t need to rush, this is a delicate issue.
CHRAJ was petitioned by the youth wing of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP), and a private citizen to investigate the matter.
Critics are of the view that; the $100,000 dollar Ford vehicle gift presented to President Mahama in 2012, when he was Vice President, amounts to conflict of interest, and that he must be impeached since the contractor, Djibril Kanazoe, is also said to have been awarded some lucrative government contracts.
The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho threw out a motion filed by the Minority calling for parliamentary investigations into the matter.
The Speaker argued that CHRAJ has the legal and constitutional mandate and the capacity to deal with the matter.