On Monday, September 9, 2019, President Akufo-Addo touched on incidents that led to unarguably one of his popular nicknames, ‘Clearing Agent.’
Giving a speech at the Ghana Bar Conference held at Takoradi in the Western region, he refuted allegations that his government clears officials accused of wrongful conduct. He, however, added that the war on corruption will not be won overnight.
Some incidents have occurred which have led to the creation of his title ‘Clearing Agent.’ The tag was borne out of a perception that he jumps to the defense of his appointees and clears them of wrongdoing:
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1. Ghana Maritime Authority:
Former Ghana Maritime Authority boss, Kwame Owusu trended in the news after reports of financial malfeasance on his part became public.
He allegedly spent an amount of GHC 10,000 food for eight people after a meeting.
Owusu was later transformed from the GMA to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) where he was later replaced by Professor Stephen Addae Mensah
2. PDS Scandal:
The minority side in Parliament called for a thorough investigation of what has come to be referred to as the PDS scandal after it broke.
Their call came after the abrogation of the contract between Ghana and the Power Distribution Service with regard to the management of power supply in the country owing to allegations of financial misappropriation. President Akufo-Addo later terminated the deal and explained the reason for the action
3. Charles Bissue:
The former secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on illegal Mining (IMCIM), Charles Cromwell Nanabanyin Onuawonto Bissue was charged with acts of corruption.
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service however exonerated him and concluded that he did not circumvent the laid down procedures of the IMCIM to favour ORR Resource Enterprise, the company at the centre of the incident.
4. Pius Enam Hadzide:
During the Commonwealth games in Australia in April 2018, officials of the host country arrested over 50 Ghanaians who had travelled to the games as journalists.
Investigations revealed that they were not media men, but were part of a visa racketeering syndicate that got them there to pose as media men.
The deputy minister of Information, Pius Enam Hadidze, was named in the scandal, but is still at post.
In other news, a photo of former president Jerry John Rawlings in full military uniform has surfaced online.
In the photo, Rawlings posed with a number of military officers, all of whom were wearing uniforms similar to his.
With a military cap on his head, sunglasses to match and his hands folded behind him, he posed for the camera with a stoic expression on his face.
The photo was released by Ghana The Black Star of Africa in commemoration of the 38th anniversary of the 31st December coup, which occurred on December 31, 1981.
The coup led to the toppling of the government of the late president, Dr. Hilla Limann, after which Rawlings formed the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC).
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