Questions of John Mahama’s role in scandalous Embraer 190 Deal remains unanswered

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With about a month to the December 7 elections, NDC flagbearer John Dramani Mahama has still ignored questions on various scandalous allegations that rocked his tenure as Vice President and President between 2008-2016.

One of such sensational matters which the Ex-President has gone silent on is the acquisition of aircraft for the Armed Forces negotiated by John Mahama as then Vice President.

The sensational matter that nearly rocked the ruling party to its foundation was been revealed by no less a person than “Citizen Vigilante”, Martin Amidu, the former Attorney General under the late President Mills.

According to Mr Amidu, the late President Mills set up a Committee of Enquiry to investigate the acquisition of aircraft for the Armed Forces negotiated by President John Mahama. President Mahama has not responded to this allegation of suspicious transactions.

On 19th February, 2009, in his State of the Nation address to Parliament, then President Mills told Parliament that his government was reviewing the decision to purchase two executive Presidential jets. “Ghana simply cannot afford the expenditure at this time and we certainly do not need two Presidential Jets”, late President Mills told the whole world.

Unknown to many Ghanaians, then chairman of the Armed Forces Council, then Vice President John Mahama was frantically receiving delegations from Brazil and negotiating the acquisition of five jets, including the most expensive hangar for this poor nation, when his President appeared not to be aware of the transactions.

The late President Mills, apparently shocked and suspicious of thenVice President Mahama’s negotiations, set up a Committee, comprising Hon William Aboah, Mr. George Amoah and Brig. Gen. Allotey (Rtd.), to investigate the Processes of the Acquisition of Five Aircraft, including Embraer 190 aircraft and hangar to the Ghana Army.

The Committee to investigate whether the John Mahama-led team was diligent, truthful, incorrupt, patriotic, prudent and authorised to acquire five jets for Ghana never commenced sitting.

It is alleged that the Committee was dead on arrival because the late President Mills was confronted and warned of the implications of investigating then Vice President Mahama as well as other government officials and top military officers.

According to Martin Amidu, “pressure groups never allowed the Committee to take off. But the very fact that the late President Mills contemplated this Committee meant that he was uncomfortable with and suspicious of the alleged inflated prices of the aircraft.”

Well- meaning Ghanaians believe this is a huge indictment on John Mahama and his managers who had created the impression that the late President Mills trusted Mahama so much to allow him to manage the affairs of the nation.

With the breach of trust reposed in him by the late President Mills, it gives reason to believes that the Ex-President cannot be trusted with the high office of President again considering the scandals that became prevalent under his own tenure as President.

With issues of corruption and trust being key in the 2020 elections, Ghanaians would not forget such scandals especially as the NDC flagbearer continues to remain silent on them.

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