-The Akufo-Addo government is yet to fulfill its campaign promise of prosecuting corruption officials in the Mahama administration
-The inaction has led to some criticisms but Senior Minister, Yaw Osaafo Maafo has explained the delay
One of the strongest messages of President Nana Akufo-Addo during the 2016 campaign was his incorruptible past and his commitment to the fight against corruption, which he accused former President John Mahama of lacking th will to fight.
To fulfill this promise, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) proposed the setting up of a special prosecutor’s office to deal purposely with issues of corruption.
But nine months into their tenure not much headway has been made in the line of fighting corruption.
A bill on the special prosecutor getting withdrawn after it was laid in parliament in July over procedural errors.
The only talks of corruption have largely come from Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong who has suggested that a list of potential National Democratic Congress (NDC) officials to be prosecuted has been compiled.
The inaction so far has led critics to conclude that the promised onslaught on corruption was just campaign rhetoric.
Reacting to the criticisms in a radio interview, Senior Minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo has stated that the Akufo-Addo government was only taking its time because it was being meticulous in order not to lose in court.
According to him, it would be an embarrassment for government to rush to prosecute alleged corrupt ministers of the previous administration only to be floored in court.
“What would be sad for this Akufo-Addo government is to go to take someone to court and be released for lack of evidence. That is why we need to take our time and do proper investigations”, he said.
Assuring Ghanaians that no former minister who is found culpable will be spared, the Senior Minister said not only would they be made to refund whatever they had stolen [but] they would be made to face the law squarely.
“Any money that has been taken would be taken back, and the person found guilty will be dealt with. Some times when people take money they keep it foreign banks, because of that we have widened our investigations by soliciting foreign help including foreign banks so that when they are called to testify, they would be able to do so”, he said.
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