General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has declined to comment on the ongoing Airbus bribery scandal.
The NDC Chief Scribe says he is in a “demonstration mood” in a bid to compel the Electoral Commission from compiling a new voters’ register; consequently, he does “not have time to discuss Airbus bribery scandal.”
In an interview with Akosua Ago Aboagye, sit-in host of Okay FM’s “Ade Akye Abia” Morning Show, General Mosquito as he is affectionately called, believed the Airbus scandal is a ploy to divert the attention from the issue of the new voters’ register.
“This issue of Airbus or Airbicycle or whatever is a deliberate attempt to divert the attention of Ghanaians from the issue of new voters’ register and that is why they are doing that and so I don’t have time to talk about Airbus bribery scandal now,” he said.
The Crown Court at Southwark in the United Kingdom passed judgment on 31st January 2020, between the Director of the Serious Fraud Office and Airbus SE, in which the European multinational aerospace corporation was fined $3.9 billion for the payment of bribes to secure deals in five countries, including Ghana.
The London High Court found Airbus guilty and imposed a fine of three billion pounds (£3bn) as penalties.
Airbus was charged with five counts of failing to prevent bribery, having used a network of secret agents to pay large-scale backhanders to officials in foreign countries to land high-value contracts.
The Office of the President, in this respect, charged the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, to with immediate effect delve into the bottom of the Airbus bribery scandal and investigate the complicity of any public official, “past or present” who may have been involved in the saga.
A statement signed by Communications Director at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin stated that these investigations are expected to be conducted in collaboration with the United Kingdom authorities.
” . . President Akufo-Addo has taken notice of the judgment and its implications, and has referred it to the Office of 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, and to take the necessary legal action against any such official, as required by Ghanaian law,” the statement read.