The Upper East Regional deputy communication officer for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Benjamin Atuasi, has disagreed with the President’s claim that he has taken the boldest step in fighting corruption in the country.
According to Mr. Atuasi, “this assertion by the president is nothing but his usual gimmick.”
He noted that prior to the 2016 election, the president centred his campaign on fighting corruption, and that won the hearts of many and was tagged incorruptible, “but it is unfortunate that can’t be said today.”
“You will agree with me that the creation of the special prosecutor’s office is a white elephant of a sort because we, the NDC, argued that it was needless to create another office out of an existing one, which is the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General, because they had that mandate to fight corruption.”
“They only took powers to create that office to fight the very corruption they will end up perpetuating, and with the appointment of Martin Amedu, we all saw what happened; he said he was being dictated as to what to do in his resignation letter and even tagged the president as the mother serpent of corruption,” he added.
Mr. Atuasi also insists that the president clear his appointees of corruption even before their fates are determined.
His comments came on the heels of the president’s assertion that his government has undertaken, arguably, the boldest initiatives since independence to reform and strengthen the capacity of the nation’s institutions to tackle corruption in the public sector.
While speaking at the 2023 Ghana Bar Conference at the University of Cape Coast on Monday, September 11, the president restated that “I said that it is not my duty to clear or convict any person accused of wrongdoing or engaging in acts of corruption. That is the job of the courts and the law enforcement agencies,”
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Gilbert Azeem Tiroog|Ghana