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Ghana’s Mahama Faces Corruption Claims

John Dramani Mahama
Posted: Jun 23, 2016 at 1:28 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama has hit back at opponents who want him investigated for receiving a car which they claim is a bribe.

The 57-year-old, who is seeking a second term of office in November, has been accused of receiving a four-wheel-drive vehicle from a contractor in Burkina Faso bidding for a lucrative construction contract.

The main opposition New Patriotic Party and others allege the gift was designed to influence the awarding of a road building contract and the construction of a wall at Ghana’s mission in Ouagadougou.

But Mahama on Wednesday accused the NPP of politicking.

“I’ve been president in this country, if you believe I have indulged in corruption you have the constitutional means to do what you want to do,” he said.

“But when you make baseless rumours and accusations, it won’t win you the presidency. The people of Ghana are discerning and I believe that come November 7 they will make their decision.”

Ghana’s government has confirmed it received the car but maintained it was a gift, denying claims it was a bribe or conflict of interest.

The vehicle has been added to the government car pool, it added.