Airbus scandal: Ghana didn’t lose any money in aircraft purchase – NDC fights back

NDC Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi addressing the media at the press conference

The National Democratic Congress says Ghana did not lose any money whatsoever in the purchase of some aircraft from Airbus between 2012-2015.

The party said it has pored over the approved judgements on the explosive Airbus bribery scandal in some five countries but could not find the name of any Ghana government official cited in the documents.

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NDC Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi, explained at a news conference in Accra Thursday that: “The said Government Official 1 is not cited in any of the judgment and his or her identity is immaterial.”

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 ‘Government Official 1’ played a lead role in the entire deal, a document by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has revealed.

The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has pointed to ex-president John Mahama as the one referred to in the document as “Government Official 1” said to have masterminded the country’s purchase of those aircraft.

“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 the answer he must because at this moment all fingers point to him and one of his brothers,” NPP Communications Director, Yaw Buabeng Asamoah said on Monday.

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But the NDC has parried the claim saying: “There is no finding in any of the approved judgments that the transaction and processes leading to same violated any law.”

“In fact, the first transaction under which success-based commission was paid by Airbus to their intermediaries adhered to the public procurement law and received the legal opinion of the then Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Honourable Martin Amidu,” Mr Gyamfi said.

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