The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) says President John Dramani Mahama violated the code of conduct for public officers in accepting a Ford Expedition vehicle from Burkinabe contractor Djibril Kanazoe.
It said the vehicle worth $100,000 is part of the gifts listed as prohibited from being accepted under the gift policy of the code.
Nonetheless, CHRAJ emphasised, President Mahama’s action in accepting the gift did not amount to bribery.
These were contained in the conclusion reached by the Commission after the youth wing of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) and an individual petitioned the state’s human rights institution over the foreign contractor’s gift to the Number One gentleman of the country.
The CPP and the Ghanaian citizen as well as the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) petitioned CHRAJ to investigate the issue after it was brought into the limelight by Multimedia journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni.
CHRAJ had requested more evidence from the petitioners after it became clear it was the legitimate state institution to look into the issue.
The Minority in Parliament had forced the Speaker, Edward Doe Adjaho, to summon members in order to constitute a bi-partisan committee to look into the issue. The motion was dismissed.
CHRAJ’s conclusion advised against further investigation into the issue, claiming it will be unwarranted.