can confirm that the vehicle on the right is the Ford Expedition which was given to President Mahama as a gift.

In October 2012, a Burkinabe contractor, Djibril Kanazoe, who was given contracts in Ghana, donated a Ford Expedition to former President John Mahama of Ghana as a “gift” while he was in office. The said “gift” seemed to contradict the President’s code of conducts for his ministers and public officials, which prohibited them from accepting any gift from business entities to avoid the creation of an obligation towards them.

Joy FM’s Manasseh Azure Awuni traveled to Burkina Faso and returned with incontrovertible evidence that the gift was indeed given and accepted by the President.

The government agreed that the President received the vehicle but put it at the presidency for public and not private use. Clearance details of the vehicle, however, made their explanation doubtful. For example, while the vehicle was said to have been put into the pool of vehicles at the Presidency before the December 7, 2012 elections, documents secured in the investigation revealed that the vehicle was cleared at the Tema Port on February 13, 2013 by a private clearing agent, Vision Logistics Limited.

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) was petitioned to investigate the President’s conduct. It said the Ford Expedition was a “prohibited gift” but concluded that it neither amounted to conflict of interest nor bribery.Recently, there were claims that the vehicle was missing from the pool of vehicles left behind by the Mahama administration.

Manasseh was invited by the Transition Team to identify the vehicle and he went to see the said vehicle and confirmed the chassis number on January 11, 2017. He was not allowed to take a photograph of the vehicle, but this picture taken by an anonymous source captures the “Mahama Ford” at the Presidency. It is not clear when the picture of the Ford Expedition was taken but this is the vehicle Manasseh saw when he went to the garage at the Presidential villa.