The Minister of Education and Member of Parliament (MP) for Manhyia South, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh affectionately known as ‘NAPO’ has taken a swipe at former President John Mahama referring to him as the worst hypocrite Ghana has ever had, MyNewsGh.com reports.
The Legislator in an exclusive interview on Kumasi-based
Pure FM’s popular ‘Pure Morning Drive’ program with Kwame Adinkrah stated that
the ex-President does not have the skills set to develop Ghana if the Country
is given to him for the next hundred years as he was profiteering from the
hardships of Ghanaians which thanks to God has been brought to light by the
Crown Court at Southwark, UK.
The outspoken Minister continued that the ‘Airbus scandal’
revelation doesn’t come as a surprise to him as the ex-President himself failed
to clear himself off the corruption tag when he was asked a categorical
statement of ever being corrupted.
“Kwame, if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, then it
is a duck. Mahama couldn’t even clear himself off corruption so why are you
surprised at the revelations. Mahama was profiteering from the hardships of
Ghanaians. He is very hypocrite.” He told host Kwame Adinkrah.
According to USA and UK court documents, Airbus, an European
aircraft manufacturer is alleged to have paid bribes to top government
officials between 2009 and 2015 under the erstwhile John Mahama administration
when it sold three military aircrafts to the country.
Airbus had been under investigations by the US Department of
Justice (DOJ), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) of the UK and the Parquet
National Financier (PNF) of France.
This came to light after nearly four years of investigations
by authorities in the United States of America (USA), the United Kingdom (UK)
and France into the business operations of Airbus, which culminated in the
company being fined $3.9 billion for its corrupt practices in Ghana, Malaysia,
Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Taiwan within the same period.
The aerospace multinational admitted hiring the brother of a
top elected Ghanaian official as its consultant for the pitch to sell the
aircraft to the country.
Also, Airbus confessed paying the said consultant through a
third party when its Compliance Unit raised red flags about the close
relationship between the consultant and the top elected official, who was a key
decision maker in the purchase of the military aircraft.
The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has accused former
President John Dramani Mahama of being one of the officials captured in the
exposé referred to as elected government official 1.
Addressing a press conference in Accra on Monday, [February
3, 2020] the Communications Director of the NPP, Mr Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, told
the press that the former President cannot exonerate himself off the revelation
as the narratives fit into a description in his ‘first coup d’etat’ book and also
“He cannot continue to hide behind his party members
including a former Attorney-General. Of course, we are all aware that he hates
answering questions on corruption but he must because at this moment all
fingers point to him and one of his brothers.” He said.
But, in a riposte Sunday [February 2, 2020], the NDC which was the party in government at the time, said “Our attention has been drawn to media reports about a Deferred Prosecution Agreement entered between Airbus SE and the United Kingdom Serious Fraud Office in respect of the practice of Airbus SE in paying commission to its agents and the use of those commissions.”
A statement signed by a former Attorney-General and Minister
of Justice in the immediate past NDC administration, Mrs Marietta Brew
Appiah-Opong said; “The reports alleging that Airbus SE paid bribes during the
administration of President John Evans Atta Mills and John Dramani Mahama are
false, misleading and do not reflect the approved judgement.”
The President, Akufo-Addo on Monday February 03, 2020
referred the issue to the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu asking for a speedy
investigation to unravel the mystery.
Source: MyNewsGh.com/ Evans Osei-Bonsu/ 2020