Dr Edward Mahama, the presidential candidate of the People’s National Convention (PNC), has accused President John Dramani of promoting corruption.
The PNC leader, who was speaking at the IEA Presidential Debate held at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra on Tuesday, accused the president of promoting ministers who were accused of corruption by moving them to the presidency.
Dr Mahama was apparently referring to President Mahama’s decision to move a former sports minister, Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah to serve as minister of state at the presidency after Afriyie-Ankrah was accused of corruption.
He said such an trend would only deepen corruption in the country, adding that it should be stopped immediately.
He said corruption had prevented the country from implementing a national identification system since the military administration of General Kutu Acheampong in the 1970s.
Dr Mahama said the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration of JA Kufuor and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration of the late Prof. JEA Mills “chopped” monies meant for providing National Identification Authority (NIA) cards.
The PNC candidate vowed that as president he would introduce the NIA cards and block all loopholes in the country through which people siphon public funds.