President of Policy think tank IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, has opined that ex-president John Dramani Mahama’s chances of winning the 2020 elections could be affected after his administration was cited in the Airbus corruption scandal.
Between 2009 and 2015, Europe’s largest aerospace multinational, Airbus paid bribes to secure contracts in 20 countries including Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Taiwan and Ghana.
In the UK court’s document that revealed this information, it was stated that the activity of some top officials in the government of Ghana receiving bribes from Airbus happened between 2009 and 2015, a period in which the country was governed by the Mills-Mahama administration.
In a Citi News interview on the matter, Franklin Cudjoe said the revelations could hamper Mahama’s presidential ambitions.
“It will have some ripple effect. That is why we need damages to unveil all of this. It is most likely that because it was his [Mahama] administration that has been fingered in this matter, definitely his campaign will take a bit of a hit to the extent that, although he has not been mentioned in particular, it was his administration that was involved– partially as a vice president and later, a president. I’m sure he’s had to take the heat just as we are apportioning blame to the presidency when there have been several acts of corruption under this administration,” he said.
It has emerged that some top officials in the government of Ghana during the Mills-Mahama administration between 2009 and 2015, took bribes from the world’s largest airliner manufacturer, Airbus.
The bribes were to afford the company some business favours, according to UK court documents.
The company was found guilty and has been ordered to pay a record sum of £3 billion in fines.
Anti-corruption investigators hailed the result as the biggest ever corporate fine for bribery.