President Akufo-Addo has revealed that 21 appointees under the erstwhile Mahama administration of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), are being prosecuted for corruption-related offences.
According to Akufo-Addo, these prosecutions may have delayed partly because of his respect for due process and deliberate efforts by the persons being prosecuted to delay the process.
He was explaining why his administration has not been able to successfully prosecute any appointees of his predecessor charged for graft.
Akufo-Addo made this revelations in Canada, Sunday, June 2, 2019, when he met with members of the Ghanaian community living in that country.
“The Attorney-General in the meantime has not been idle even though people are saying there are no prosecutions. Twenty-one (21) people are on trial in Ghana today for corruption,” he said.
However, the president stated that one of the things that he was not prepared to do was to do away with due process.
“I fought for it all my life in Ghana, that we would have a state which recognises and accepts and acknowledges due process as a fundamental instrument of state policy,” he said.
Akufo-Addo entreated those who constantly accused his government of failing to jail corrupt former government officials to allow the judicial process to run its course.
“So if you put somebody before court and the person is making application after applications whether to delay the process or whether the applications are genuine, you’ll have to recognise their right to do it and it is when those are exhausted that the trials can begin.
“Some of the trials have started. Those that have started, efforts were made to stymie them by going to the Supreme Court; the Supreme Court dismisses those efforts and the process gets going…,” he explained.
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