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Airbus Saga: Mahama Reveal Why He Had Kept Silence Till Now

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Former president John Dramani Mahama has open up on his long silence on the Airbus scandal since the news came to light.

Speaking to Daily Graphic, Mr Mahama said his reluctance to personally comment on the various allegations made in respect of the acquisition of the aircraft, was because some ex- government officials and members of his staff had already reacted to the matter.

“I recognised that it was the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Office of the Special Prosecutor in Ghana, following the almost immediate referral to that body by the President,” he noted.

The former president, for several months refused to speak to the issue of the Airbus scandal, even after The Sun, a United Kingdom tabloid, linked him strongly to the bribery scandal.

 Crown Court Airbus Ruling

It would be recalled that on February 1, UK’s Royal Courts of Justice found Dutch firm Airbus SE guilty of paying bribes in shady deals in some countries including Ghana, South Korea, Mexico, Colombia and Malaysia.

For Ghana, the scandal involved government officials in 2011 and 2015 who negotiated for the deal with Airbus agents including Samuel Mahama believed to be a brother of former President John Mahama.

“Between 2009 and 2015 an Airbus defence company engaged Intermediary 5, a close relative of a high ranking elected Ghanaian Government official (Government Official 1) as its BP in respect of the proposed sale of three military transport aircraft to the Government of Ghana,” the ruling on Ghana’s deal read in part.

“A number of Airbus employees knew that Intermediary 5 was a close relative of Government Official 1, who was a key decision maker in respect of the proposed sales. A number of Airbus employees made or promised success-based commission payments of approximately €5 million to Intermediary 5,” court documents reveal.

 OSP Involvement

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo immediately referred the matter to the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) with Martin Amidu, the Special Prosecutor launching a formal investigation into the scandal.

In February he announced he had summoned four people including British Actor Phil Middlemiss and Samuel Mahama and released their passport details online.

 Self-serving Interests

But in sudden volte-face, the former president whose silence on the controversial subject has gone unnoticed, finally opened up to the state-owned daily on the infamous incident on the eve of the New Patriotic Party (NPP’s) parliamentary primaries.

Mr Mahama accused the current Akufo-Addo led NPP administration of not being interested in the issue as a matter of good faith, but seeking to dredge up the matter for selfish political interests.

Asked if the Office of the Special Prosecutor had reached out to him on its investigations, Mr Mahama answered in the negative.

According to him, the Airbus saga was an issue between the parent company and its representatives who were found to be in breach of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) rules.

Thus, for anyone to seek to attempt to rope him or any other government official in the saga, is simply a gross misrepresentation of facts and spread of deliberate falsehoods.

“This is clearly and unambiguously stated in all the available documents of the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO). It has nothing to do with the government of Ghana or with any official of government. To state otherwise is to misrepresent the conclusions of the SFO report and spread deliberate falsehood,” the ex-president posited.

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Akufo-Addo Unfazed By Domelevo Antics – Increases His Leave To 167 Days

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President Akufo-Addo has replied to the Auditor General Daniel Yaw Domelevo through his Executive Secretary, refusing to rescind his earlier directive for him to ‘proceed on leave’.

The President also lashed out at the Domelevo for addressing a letter to his office with political undertones, while also leaking the said letter to the media while the office of the President is yet to receive a copy.

Read the President’s letter below……..

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I Have The Stamina to Endure Protracted Litigation – Kweku Baako Replies Ken Agyapong’s Lawyer

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Managing Editor of The New Crusading Guide, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has noted that he has the endurance for a protracted litigation with Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong.

Lawyer for Mr Agyapong, Ralph Agyapong had disclosed in an interview Net2 TV that the Assin Central Member of Parliament is ready to appeal the defamation case to the highest level.

“If there is a judgement, after one week the judgement ceases. So after one week if you have any processes you can go ahead with it. As I speak to you, that Judgement will be a subject of appeal from Monday because as I speak, the notice of appeal is ready. So If it becomes subject of appeal, there’s a process called a stay of execution pending an appeal.

Responding to this, Malik Kweku Baako stated in a post that he is unbothered and ready to face Mr Agyapong in court no matter how long it takes for justice to prevail.

“This is the judgment that would be a subject of appeal as indicated by Mr Kennedy Agyapong’s lawyer, Mr. Ralph Agyapong. Appeal is an option guaranteed by law. And must be respected by all. I have the requisite stamina to endure a protracted litigation. It doesn’t matter how long it takes the courts to make a final determination, judgment day shall come. And INTEGRITY shall triumph over UGLY NOISES and MALICIOUS ALLEGATIONS ! TRUST ME!!!,” the post read.

An Accra high court had found Kennedy Agyapong guilty of defamation against Mr Baako and ordered him to retract and apologise three times on the platforms he used to defame the veteran journalist within 30 days.

In addition, he’s supposed to pay a fine of GHS100,000 in damages plus cost of GHS30,000.

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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It’s Not Ethical to Name Coronavirus Patients – GHS

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The Ghana Health Service has said it will not be revealing persons, particularly government appointees who have tested positive for the Coronavirus.

According to the Director General of the GHS, Dr. Patrick Kumah Aboagye, it is against medical ethics to expose individuals infected with the virus, noting it could have a toll on the fight against stigmatization.

“As I mentioned, I cannot really, ethically, tell you all these numbers and mention names and their status. It cannot be done,” Dr Aboagye said at the Covid-19 press briefing at the information ministry.

He however added that it is upto these infected individuals to decide to come out voluntarily and announce their status.

“I’m sure there are media men who have also been exposed, and we don’t have their numbers and names (in the public domain) but those who came out and did that voluntarily, that’s what we encourage. We are not going to be able to mention anybody’s name and there is no need,” he stressed.

Ghana’s total case count as at dawn of July 4, stood at 19,388, with active cases standing at 4,941 and 14,330 recoveries. Death toll at 117.

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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