It looks like the former first lady wants to be the storm after the calm. It has been more than a week since the ford Expedition car—the supposed gift gifted to the president by one Djibril Kanazoe a Burkinabe contractor in 2012 died out.
This scandalous car caused an uproar in the country. People wanted to know the intrinsic motive behind this said gift. Others deemed it a mere gesture from a good friend whilst somw levelled it down to bribery. Generally concerns were raised and I bet some politicians are waiting impatiently to use this.
This prompted the president to say he does not even like American cars and his patronage is of Japanese cars hence Toyota.
Former First Lady and flag bearer of the National Democratic Party (NDP), has waded into the Ford Expedition gift saga, chastising President John Mahama for accepting the gift.
Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings also says the Mahama-led administration has failed to effectively fight corruption.
“It is a gift if he is sitting in his Bole somewhere and someone says ‘oh I am giving you a car,” then, according to the former First Lady, allegations of conflict of interest would not have cropped up.
Mrs Rawlings was speaking to Francis Abban in an interview on Pulse, a current affairs programme on the Joy News channel on Multi TV when she made this statement.
Nana Konadu said although she is not certain if the Burkinabe contractor presented the gift in 2012 as a token for the two contracts he was awarded, the vehicle presents legitimate suspicion.
“It is wrong. Anything in exchange for something is wrong. I think he [President Mahama] should have been the first person to say ‘hey you were looking for a contract, go through my [aides] don’t bring anything to me,’” she said.
She said like her father did, all statesmen and people in position of power must ensure that they conduct themselves to remove suspicions of bribery and conflict of interest.