Following revelations by plane manufacturer Airbus, that it had an elaborate scheme that paid some €5 million to officials under the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) government, mainly through a close relative to a key elected government official at the time the bribe was paid, some Ghanaians who are curious to know the officials involved are digging deeper into clues provided by the company in court documents.
Some on social media suggests that the close relative of the
elected Ghanaian Government Official who the court documents say is a UK
national born in Ghana could be a relation to a powerful person in government
at the time while the government official is the said official himself who at
the time may have played a key role in negotiations for the purchase of the two
planes which began in 2009.
Activists of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) keen to score political points have been busy accusing former President John Mahama and his brother as the ones referred to in the court documents even though the documents have named no one.
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But in the ruling which reads in part, it states in part “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.
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. False documentation was
created by or with the agreement of Airbus employees in order to support and
disguise these payments. The payments were intended to induce or reward
“improper favour” by Government Official 1 towards Airbus.”