A member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) legal team, Abraham Amaliba, has lashed out at people criticising president Mahama’s response to a question on whether he had ever received bribe in a BBC interview on the sidelines of an anti-corruption summit in the UK.
The president appeared to have lingered for a while before responding in the negative.
“Any human being would have encountered corruption in one way or the other. What you need to do is to put yourself in a position to (resist it)… I haven’t taken a bribe,” he said.
The delay in answering the question has, however, caused some Ghanaians to accuse him of not being emphatic in his response.
But speaking on Accra-based Citi FM on Saturday, Amaliba said Mahama was categorical in his response and that anyone who held a contrary view must provide evidence of his corruption or of him having taken bribe.
“If you don’t have that evidence then I’m afraid, you have to shut up,” he said.
He said accusing the president of corruption without any evidence was unfair, stressing that evidence must be provided some iota of truth that will prompt the state agencies to investigate.
“You cannot just look at somebody’s face and his lifestyle and say he is corrupt; you may have to provide some basic evidence for that to be a basis for which such a person should be investigated,” he said.