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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says his administration, over the course of its first tenure in office, has risen to the challenge, and demonstrated that doing things differently achieves positive results.
Speaking at a media encounter earlier today, he stated that the establishment of the Special Prosecutor Act and the appointment of Mr. Martin Amidu as the Special prosecutor is a step to curb the phenomenon of corruption by public officials.
“I am well aware of the general sense of anxiety in the country and the strong feeling that politicians tend to get away with corrupt practices. A significant choice, though, that Mr Amidu is, I do not expect that he will provide all the answers for dealing with the phenomenon of corruption by public officials, but I do believe that, at the least, the Office will help remove the fear of partisan prosecution, and begin to put the fear of God in all public officials who are intending to go down the path of corruption.”
He cautioned that current office holders are likely to be investigated and prosecuted by the Special Prosecutor if a case is made out against them. In a similar way, past office holders shall be investigated and prosecuted if a case can be made out against them because at all times, the rule of law must be adhered to.
Nana Akufo Addo also stated that he had made it publicly known that anyone who had information about acts of corruption against any of his appointees or people in his administration, should bring it forward, and also be prepared to back it up with evidence. “So far, every single act of alleged corruption labeled against any member of my administration has been or is in the process of being investigated by independent bodies, and the findings so far made public. From the allegations against the Minister for Energy-designate at his parliamentary confirmation hearings; to that against the CEO of BOST; to those against the two deputy Chiefs of Staff; to the claims of extortion against the Trade Minister; and to those against the Minister for Special Development Initiatives; they have all been investigated and no evidence has been adduced to suggest mildly the perpetration of any act of corruption.”
Despite this fact he explained, some people appear to be determined to stick to their politically-motivated view that there has been acts of corruption.
“It is important to note that, in this my first year of office, two separate bi-partisan probes in Parliament have been established to inquire into allegations of corruption, as against zero in the Mahama years, despite the persistent calls by the then Minority. I have a greater interest in my appointees not being corrupt than any critic could possibly have.”
He further dared that if anyone was in doubt in what he was saying, they should, “Try me! Produce the evidence to back the allegation, and see what the reaction will be.”
In concluding on corruption the President pointed out some key issues where he urges Ghanaians and the media to be careful about the new trends that appears to be emerging, whereby any allegation, no matter how spurious, quickly gains the character of a “scandal” or “an act of corruption”, even when it is shot down.