Akufo-Addo charges Special Prosecutor to probe Airbus bribery scandal under Mahama

Ex-president John Dramani Mahama

Ghana joins other nations mentioned in the high-profile bribery scandal involving aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, that is investigating various roles played by present or past government officials in the alleged deal.

Airbus is said to have bribed or attempted to bribe government officials of five countries, including Ghana, in a bid to land juicy aircraft deals.

Ghana acquired three Airbus C295 between 2011 and 2015 from the company as part of an effort to retool the Ghana Armed Forces.

The first military aeroplane arrived in the country on  November 17, 2011, followed by the second on March 19, 2012.

The third military plane landed on December 4, 2015, following an announcement by the then President John Mahama that the country would be acquiring an additional C295.

The order was made to add up to other aircraft, including five Super Tucanos, Mi-17s and four Z-9s.

But the purchase was made after a bribery deal, the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has revealed.

The government of Sri Lanka, Malaysia and other countries implicated by the scandal have caused an investigation to be done into the matter.

Joining other nations, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has tasked the Office of the Special Prosecutor to investigate the matter in the interest of the public.

In a statement Sunday, the president charged the Special Prosecutor “to collaborate with its UK counterparts to conduct a prompt inquiry to determine the complicity or otherwise of any Ghanaian government official, past or present, involved in the said scandal.”

The objective of the investigation will be to ensure that the “necessary legal action [will be] taken against any such official [implicated in the scandal], as required by Ghanaian Law.”

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