We steal coins but NPP steals dollars - NDC MP confesses

We steal coins but NPP steals dollars - NDC MP confesses

A member of parliament for Ada East under the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Comfort Cudjoe, says all major political parties in the country are thieves.

Comparing the NDC to the NPP, the outspoken MP revealed that the opposition NDC steals less money than the incumbent NPP.

The outspoken MP revealed that Mahama’s NDC and its nemesis of ‘stealing and corruption’, if it is to be believed, was only in “coins”, compared to the massive “dollar” corruption under the Akufo-Addo administration.

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“Afterall if NDC will steal, they will steal coins, these people (alluding to NPP government) they will steal dollars! What are you talking about?” She quizzed rhetorically.

Corruption refers to the act of dishonestly receiving unmerited favours from an individual, company, or government. The person giving the bribe is usually the one looking for the favour.

Such people may also be in a superior position that gives them power, authority or influence, and they use the same for selfish or personal benefits.

Corruption is an ambiguous subject to address because it can take place in a very organized and discreet way.

Moreover, there are many types of corruption that range from small favors, which may be termed as trivial, to mega scandals that embezzle huge funds and resources.

Corruption in Africa is widespread and challenging to combat. This problem has discouraged people from using the right channels to get services, especially from the public sectors whereby such services are free.

This unethical practice has affected the continent regarding growth. As a result, there are many people who are languishing in poverty and living in deplorable conditions.

Corrupt systems leave people torn between paying bribes and using the money for personal needs.

The unwritten law of bribing to receive some services mean that the poor will be less likely to access such services. Corruption also creates a favorable environment for the rich who can pay for services that they do not deserve.

This cycle whereby the rich can access services unethically usually leads to the poor being sidelined. For example, the rich can buy a job placement in a reputable private or government organization, which denies a qualified but poor individual that opportunity.

President Akufo in the fight against corruption appointed Martin Amidu as the special prosecutor.

The selection of Martin Amidu sparked political commotion following the well-known history of Martin Amidu fighting against corruption cases in the country.

The appointment of Martin Amidu has been described by former CHRAJ boss, Emile Short as the best and clever choice considering his independence and strife for justice.

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The Special Prosecutor’s office is independent of the Executive, which observers believe will allow it to adequately deal with corruption-related issues which have plagued past governments.

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The office will have the mandate to investigate and prosecute cases of alleged corruption under the Public Procurement Act 203 Act 63 and other corruption-related offenses implicating public officers, political office holders and their accomplices in the public sector.

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