- Mahama has declared that his government would enforce Ghana's asset declaration laws if he is voted into power
- He argued that citizens cannot ensure the veracity of the declaration if it’s secret
- He, therefore, vowed to get the assets of public officials published
Former president and flag bearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama has declared that his government would enforce Ghana's asset declaration laws if he is voted into power.
Per the current laws, the to-be- public official is required to fill the Asset Declaration Form from the Auditor General’s department and seal it in an envelope marked secret.
The envelope is not supposed to be opened unless a corruption investigation is being conducted against the official and a court or equal constitutional body orders same.
Speaking on January 5, 2020, at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission Ghana’s final session of their three-day 88th Annual National Convention in Gomoa Pomadze in the Central Region, Mahama said he would ensure those sealed documents will be published.
Auditor General, Daniel Domelevo, since taking office in 2016 waged a war against the process. He argued that citizens cannot ensure the veracity of the declaration if it’s secret.
“We’ve seen many officers who have failed to declare their assets over a period of time. We must, therefore, strengthen this asset declaration regime and I said that if Allah shines his grace on me and I ever get the opportunity to lead this nation again, I’ll make sure those asset laws are complied fully with.
And also move to make sure that the assets of leading public officers are published so that the public get to know what they own when they entered office and what they own when they left office,” he said.
In other news, former president Jerry John Rawlings has revealed that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) under the leadership of Akufo-Addo has plans to establish a bank - National Development Bank.
According to him, the bank that would be set up by the NPP would be purposely for the selfish gains of the political party.
Speaking at the commemoration of the 31st December 1981 Movement in Winneba, Rawlings noted that this alleged bank, when established, would cripple existing banks.
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