Fight against corruption: I am not a clearing agent - Akufo-Addo

Fight against corruption: I am not a clearing agent - Akufo-Addo

- Akufo-Addo says his government’s commitment to fighting corruption is not just rhetoric but action oriented

- According to the NPP leader, actions taken by his government to deal with alleged acts of corruption were unheard of in Ghana's history

- He said there is a deliberate attempt by his opponents to hang a tag of corruption on his government

Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo has refuted suggestions and allegations that his government has literally cleared all persons accused of being corrupt or involved in the malpractice.

Speaking at the 2019 Ghana Bar Association Conference held in Takoradi in the Western Region on Monday, September 9, the President noted, the war against corruption will not be won overnight.

He also opined that he is not responsible for the clearance of persons indicted in corruption scandals.

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Akufo-Addo stated that he has not personally declared any of his indicted appointees free before, instead, they have all gone through due process and have been cleared rightly by the law or independent institutions.

It is not my job to clear or convict any person accused of wrongdoing or of engaging in acts of corruption. My job is to act on allegations of corruption by referring the issue or issues to the proper investigative agencies for the relevant enquiry and necessary action. That is exactly what has been done since I assumed the mantle of leadership on January 7, 2017,” he said.

He however, noted that as a demonstration of his administration’s commitment to fighting corruption, prosecutions will be initiated where necessary.

President Akufo-Addo also noted that, anyone who alleges cases or incidents of corruption must prove so with evidence.

He also added that there are deliberate attempts to his political opponents to tag his government as corrupt without any evidence.

I am aware of the orchestrated attempts by my opponents to hang the tag of corruption on the necks of my government and myself, despite all the manifest efforts being made to deal with the phenomenon of corruption,” Akufo-Addo said.

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Finally the President said his government’s actions in dealing with alleged acts of corruption cannot be compared to any government in the 4th republic. earlier reported that the United Patriots Group in collaboration with the Freedom News Network have named 20 arrogant appointees of President Akufo-Addo.

The survey considered the appointees’ response to grassroots agitations and how they generally received criticisms.

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