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Ghana presidential fleet 'missing 200 cars'

  • 9 February 2017
  • From the section Africa
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Image caption More than 50 of the government's Toyota Prados could not be found

Ghana's new government is trying to track down more than 200 cars missing from the president's office, a government spokesman has said.

The ruling party counted the cars a month after taking power following victory in December's elections.

After previous transfers of power, state-owned cars have been seized from officials who did not return them.

A minister in the former government said the implied allegation of wrongdoing by his colleagues was false.

Former Communication Minister Omane Boamah told the BBC's Thomas Naadi that this was "a convenient way for the new government to justify the purchase of new vehicles".

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Presidential spokesman Eugene Arhin told the press that officials could only find:

  • 74 of the presidency's 196 Toyota Land Cruisers
  • 20 of the 73 Toyota Land Cruiser Prados
  • 11 of the 24 Mercedes
  • two of the 28 Toyota Avalons
  • two of the six BMWs.

Ghanaian radio station Citi FM reported that the president has been "forced to use a 10-year-old BMW" as a result.

In making the statement Mr Arhin revealed the president's office was meant to have more than 300 cars but he did not divulge the purpose of these vehicles.

Nana Akufo-Addo from the the New Patriotic Party won the Ghanaian presidential election at the beginning of December, taking power from John Mahama, of the National Democratic Congress.

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