A former presidential staffer James Agyenim Boateng is alleging that current government has already ordered 2017 brand of vehicles for use by its functionaries and looking for ways to justify its outrageous expenditure.
Mr Agyenim Baoteng believes the current government is only creating the impression that vehicles have been stolen by past government officials to court the sympathy of the populace and justify their decision to procure new vehicles.
He asked for the whereabouts of two bulletproof vehicles that were at the presidency only meant for the use of the president to the extent he now has to use his private vehicles for official duties.
“Ask them where those two bulletproof vehicles are. I just don’t want to talk about this anymore. The NPP want to court the sympathy of Ghanaians and justify the latest vehicles they have already ordered into the country. There was an inventory which clearly spelt out who was using what; so if they have challenges they know those using the vehicles”, he disclosed on Kumasi-based Abusua Fm.
The former Deputy Information minister accused the Acting Director of Communications at the presidency Eugene Arhin, of peddling falsehood advising him to live beyond reproach.
The presidency earlier this week said there are 208 cars unaccounted for at the Flagstaff House’s vehicle pool following the change in government on January 7, 2017.
The Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, indicated that this was detected after the assessment of five car models in the car pool inventory of the Flagstaff House.
“Just these five models account for 208 vehicles which we strangely cannot find,” Mr. Arhin said speaking to the media.
Breaking down the current situation with the cars, Mr. Arhin said: “In total, if you look at the documents provided to me by the transport officer, we were supposed to have a total of 196 Toyota land cruiser vehicles, we are supposed to have some Toyota Land Cruiser Prados; a total of about 73 and then Mercedes Benz, BMWs and other vehicles.”
“…But what we came to meet was something that surprised all of us. For example, you take a look at the Toyota Landcruiser vehicles, we were supposed to have 196 Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles at the presidency. We only came to meet 74. That means you have a total of 122 which we still cannot find. For the Toyota land cruiser Prados, the total is 73. But we only came to meet 20; so you have a 43 difference.”
“You look at something like the Mercedes-Benz; there were 24 in total; but we came to meet 11. Toyota Avalons; there were 28, but we came to meet two and for the BMWs, there were six and we came to meet only two.”