- US Ambassador Jackson has urged government to disband political vigilante groups
- He was speaking at the inauguration of GIMPA's new ethics center
United states Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Robert P. Jackson, has made a strong case for the Ghana's government to disband politically affiliated vigilante groups and private security wings.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony for the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration's (GIMPA) African Center on Law and Ethics, Ambassador Jackson said steps had to be taken to demobilize groups who answered to powerful individuals as opposed to the law.
US Ambassador Jackson pointed out that during the campaign trail President Akuffo Addo advocated the rule of law and anti-corruption, and stated that he was encouraged by President Akuffo Addo's declaration made in April that impunity would not be tolerated under his presidency.
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The construction of GIMPA's African Center on Law and Ethics was done with the support of Fordham Law School, and the firm of White and Case. Ambassador Jackson stated that the center had the potential to transform judicial and legal ethics by fostering a higher form of moral and ethical integrity.
According to Ambassador Jackson, a little self-analysis could have averted 2015's embarrassing judicial corruption scandal uncovered by investigative journalist, Anas Armeyaw Anas.
'Not one of whom, I feel compelled to point out, has been brought to justice,' said the Ambassador.
The leader of the US Diplomatic mission in Ghana also stated that as Anas's 2015 expose showed, some times inspection from outside was required to shine the line one's "shortcomings" as when introspection did not.
"Nevertheless, instilling the principles of ethics, transparency and accountability into the training of young legal professionals - as this Center plans to do - will go a long way," said the Ambassador.
The ceremony was also attended by Ghana's former Chief Justice, Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, who also chaired the function.
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