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Gov’t denial of $9m armoured vehicles ‘bad faith’ – Minority

Source: Ghana MyJoyOnline- The Minority in Parliament is insisting the government of President Akufo-Addo gave the authorization for the supply of 43 specialised armoured vehicles valued at $9 million for its use.

It said it is 'bad faith' for government to engage in denial since National Security Minister, Kan Dapaah knew about the vehicles.

The President Akufo-Addo's government has said it had no knowledge about the supply of some 43 vehicles, which were ordered by the erstwhile John Mahama administration barely eight days to the official transfer of power.

The vehicles are capable of firing rounds of ammunition and are designed to withstand the deadly effects of a hand grenade.

The passenger’s compartment and the roof of the vehicles are protected with a high-quality armoured steel which deflects any bullet.

Deputy Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah told Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Monday, no member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Transition team sanctioned the purchase of the vehicles.

He noted, ‘all request during the transition period were documented [including] the former President [John Mahama’s] request for building.’

Mr Oppong Nkrumah said the claim that members of the new government had asked for the new vehicles is ‘news to us.’

He challenged persons who ‘claimed he was contracted’ by the President Akufo-Addo to purchase the vehicles to come forward.

National Security Minister Kan Dapaah, alleged to have played a role in the authorization of the vehicles, has denied his involvement.

The Minister in an interview with Joy News’ Evans Mensah Tuesday said at no time during the Transition process did he make the request for the vehicles.

But the Members of Parliament (MPs) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) are accusing the government of ‘bad faith’ over the matter.

Former Deputy Finance Minister, Casiel Ato Forson told Joy News it is unforgiving for the government to deny its involvement in the purchase after it had given its acceptance.

“It hurts when you deal with somebody at that high level and you expect that everybody will keep good faith [after] you [have] authorized somebody to do something on your behalf,” he said.

The Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam MP cautioned government not to repeat this blood denial again ‘not in the name of politics.’

But private legal practitioner, Kofi Bentil told Joy News the ‘simple’ way of out of the issue is for the government to demand documents from individuals who are claimed they have a valid order from the past administration.

He said It is not always true that anytime the Chief of Staff authors a letter it constitutes a valid order binding the new government and people of the country.

Mr Bentil encouraged the President Akufo-Addo government to determine if the order by the previous administration was validly done.

He noted the fact that something was improperly done does not mean the thing was illegally done. If the order is found to be true government has no choice but to pay for the vehicles, he said.