- Akufo-Addo has reacted angrily to claims that he lacks an iota of credibility in fighting corruption
- The president’s commitment against the canker was heavily criticised after he fired former Auditor General, Daniel Domelevo
- Domelevo was forced into retirement after his date of birth was questioned
President Akufo-Addo has fired back at anti-corruption activists questioning his commitment to fighting the scourge in the country.
Ghana is losing close to US$3 billion to corruption annually.
The president’s commitment and credibility to fighting corruption were recently under intense scrutiny following the forced retirement of Auditor General, Daniel Domelevo.
Domelevo was ordered to go on retirement by the president after the Board of the Audit Service challenged the authenticity of his date of birth and ‘Ghanaian-ness’.
Professor Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi fiercely criticised the president following Domelevo’s forced departure and questioned his credibility in fighting corruption, saying: “I am afraid to say it is in tatters.”
According to the co-founder and Executive Director of Afrobarometer, the removal of Domelevo as the Auditor-General “puts a nail in the coffin.”
President Akufo-Addo, however, shot back, defending his commitment to fighting the canker in the country.
In a statement responding directly to the Afrobarometer Executive Director, Akufo-Addo said it was “very disappointing” to hear Professor Gyimah-Boadi “make such loose talk and thoughtless statements.”
The president dismissed the assertion as fact-less and driven likely by emotions. “The fact is that the President’s credibility on anti-corruption is unmatched and no amount of misconceived opinions can change that,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Singer and Political activist, Kwame Asare Obeng, popularly known as APlus expressed grave doubts over President Akufo-Addo’s commitment to the fight against corruption.
According to him, the president’s attitude towards anti-corruption campaigners like Domelevo and former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu is unfortunate.
“When President Akufo-Addo admonished that we should be citizens and not spectators, I thought the messiah had arrived. But, I no longer believe he's the messiah.
He fights anybody who is fighting corruption,” APlus said on Starr FM’s Starr Chat on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
He said but for the bad counseling he is getting from those around him, Akufo-Addo would have been a “fantastic” president.
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