President Mahama has stated that should he have been a dictator he would have ordered the arrest of corrupt public officials in the absence of a national constitution.
Speaking on the state broadcaster's edition of the Evening Encounter, President Mahama lamented the fact that people expect him to arbitrarily apprehend and jail public officials without due process.
“People want me to arrest everybody who’s been accused of a crime and lock them up because they did it in PNDC time. Yes; I would have locked them up; but we didn’t have a constitution then and if we didn’t have a constitution and I was a dictator, if you are accused of corruption I will catch you and lock you up and wait until you are proven guilty or innocent then release you. But we cannot eat our cake and have it. People have to go through the process and the process is very slow. Everybody knows,” said the president.
President Mahama's administration has been plagued with accusations of misappropriation of funds and corruption, tha under his stewardship these offense have multiplied exponentially. A majority of these allegations have originated from the main opposition party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
“These GYEEDA prosecutions started in 2012; and we are in 2016; but I can’t go and catch them and lock them up on the presumption that they are guilty,” said the president, “But those that are under criminal investigations it’s been going on for three years now. But we just must have patience with the process because we cannot go back to unconstitutional system,” he added.