Ghana’s opposition called on Thursday for an inquiry into whether a businessman won a $613,000 government construction contract by giving President John Mahama a large sports utility vehicle – a suggestion dismissed by the government.
Communications Minister Omane Boamah denied any impropriety, saying Mahama did not personally award the contract and the Ford Expedition was not given to him directly but was instead placed in a car pool at the presidency.
Even so, the dispute provides an opportunity for the opposition in the build-up to an election in November in which Mahama faces a stiff challenge from rival Nana Akufo-Addo.
“One of the reasons why we give our president a lot of luxury – a helicopter, a plane, a fleet of cars – is so he doesn’t receive gifts like this from people who are looking for juicy government contracts,” Anthony Karbo, spokesman for the opposition New Patriotic Party, told Reuters on Thursday. READ MORE OF THIS REPORT