Several attempts by Verdens Gang, a foreign-owned Norwegian tabloid newspaper to get John Mahama to respond to allegations that he travelled to Namibia with two representatives of the controversial Ameri Group to discuss energy opportunities in July appeared to have infuriated Joyce Bawah Mogtari, Special Aide to the former President, as she told the journalist her piece of mind.
“Mr. Mahama is still unavailable. It doesn’t matter if you call me ten times a day,” Bawah Mogtari said to the journalist who had contacted her on phone.
In a video which captures their conversation, Bawa Mogtari when asked if the former President had seen their request for an interview, replied in the affirmative but said he is not obliged to grant any interview.
“Of course, Mr. Mahama sees every request that comes… As I said, Mr. Mahama chooses which journalist he speaks to. You can’t force Mr. Mahama to speak to you. Can you force the King of Norway to grant you an interview?” she queried.
“I’ve dealt with many journalists, I’ve not dealt with one like you and I’m telling you the truth. You bug me with phone calls, you bug me with text messages and I’ve always tried to be reasonable and respond. Mr. Mahama was on leave, he is back and has led a delegation to Monrovia. He is not available at this time. Simple!” she fumed.
In 2015, the John Mahama administration signed a $510 million Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) Agreement with AMERI Energy to help solve power crisis the country was enduring at the time.
There were claims the deal had been inflated by about $150 million but officials of the former administration have rejected the allegations.
A report by Verdens Gang revealed that Mr. Maham had entered into a cooperative arrangement with the Sheikh Ahmed Bin Dalmouk al Maktoum of Dubai, now owners of the Ameri Group.
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In 2015 the newspaper revealed that Umar Farooq Zahoor, who is still wanted by Norwegian police for fraud, and a sheikh from Dubai had made an energy deal with the Ghanaian government that included an overcharge equivalent to some USD 150 million.
Today VG can reveal that the former Ghanaian president this July entered into a cooperative arrangement with the sheikh’s company.
John Mahama brought the two men representing the sheikh to Namibia – seeking to clinch possible energy deals with yet another African nation: Namibia.
This July, Mahama travelled to the Namibian capital, Windhoek, with employees of the “private office” of Sheikh Ahmed Bin Dalmouk al Maktoum of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
This company now owns the Ameri Group, also known as the Africa Middle East Resources Investment Group LLC.
According to Namibian officials, Mahama claimed he was in Windhoek as an advocate for the African Development Bank.
At a news conference after Mahama’s meeting with Namibian President Hage Geingob, the former Ghanaian leader appeared with two men professionally based in Dubai.
Until now, it has not been officially known who these men were.
But VG can now reveal their identities:
One was Ameri Group CEO Maher Al Alili, who is also CEO of the sheikh’s private office.
The other was Mustafa Ahmed, who left behind a business card in Namibia embossed with the logo of the sheikh’s office.