Former president John Mahama faces a maximum jail term of two years or a fine for allegedly guaranteeing for his brother to procure a Ghanaian passport with false information.
According to the special prosecutor, Martin Amidu, Mahama’s younger brother, Samuel Adam Mahama, procured a Ghanaian passport, which was guaranteed by Mahama, with a piece of false information in breach of the Passport and Travel Certificate Decree, 1967, NLCD 155.
Amidu said by his actions the former President abused his office.
The statement signed by the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu alleged that John Dramani Mahama together with his elder brother Alfred Abdulai Mahama, who described himself as a Civil Servant, were the first and second guarantors for Samuel Adam Mahama’s Ghanaian passport.
The statement claimed that in the application process for the passport, Samuel Adam Mahama indicated that he attended the University of Ghana from January 6, 1992, to November 4, 1994. This information, according to the SP, was false but Mahama overlooked that and guaranteed the application for him.
“The evidente also discloses that John Dramani Mahama described as Former President, of Plot Number 6 North Street Tesano, P. O. Box AN 104, Accra was the first guarantor with Alfred Abdulai Mahama falsely described as a Civil Servant also of Plot No. 6 North Street Tesano, P. O. Box AN 104, Accra as the second guarantor to the application of Samuel Adam Mahama described as PROJECT MANAGER also of Plot Number 6 North Street Tesano, P. O. Box AN 104, Accra for a Ghanaian passport,” Amidu wrote.
This information was reported to be false but Mahama went ahead to guarantee the application for Samuel.
Martin Amidu’s statement added that Mahama and his elder brother Alfred, knew Samuel Mahama had not attended the University of Ghana in the period stated in the application.
They nonetheless guaranteed the information contained in the application for the Ghanaian passport.
Punishment for this offence can lead to 2 years imprisonment, a fine or both.
So the former President, by guaranteeing the forms for his brother, knowing that his brother did not attend the University of Ghana, has made himself liable for prosecution for the issue.