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28.06.2012 General News

Publish documents on $1.5 billion 'rotten' vehicles - group

By | Richard Nii Abbey
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A Senior Analyst of the Centre for National Affairs has asked the government to publish documents on the disputed Galloper vehicles Africa Automobile Limited imported at the instance of the former NDC government but abandoned by the NPP administration.

The transaction which was carried by the first National Democratic Congress government hit a snag when the New Patriotic Party took over the reins of government in 2001.

The vehicles which were subsequently abandoned in a warehouse has become the subject of a judgment debt controversy as the importers are seeking a $1.5 billion pay-off being cost of the vehicles, interest accrued on the cost of the vehicles among others.

Although the then Deputy Minister of Local Government, Kwabena Adjei-Darko during whose tenure the subject of the vehicles arose told Joy FM there were no documents covering the transaction between government and Africa Automobile Limited.

Deputy Minister of Information, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa however insisted that there are more than enough documents on the transaction, and accused the NPP of negligence which he said gave rise to the claims of AAL.

But Rocky Obeng, the Senior Analyst at the Centre for National Affairs told Joy FM the amount being demanded by Africa Automobile is too scary such that the contentions about the deal being scandalous must be assessed.

He also said that making the documents on the transaction public would put to rest the tussle between the ruling government and the past NPP government as to the validity of the claims.

He further served notice that the group would not hesitate to drag AAL to court if it is established that the claims are questionable.

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