President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo has confirmed that over 40 officials in the erstwhile Mahama administration are currently facing trial for various offenses.
Prior to elections 2016, Nana Addo promised to set up a special team to investigate corruption. This led to the appointment of Martin Amidu as Ghana’s first Special Prosecutor. “Somebody who will be independent of the executive and whose remit will be to investigate and tackle issues of corruption.”
“As a matter of principle, we have decided to take politics out of it, so that screams of witch-hunting…don’t arise, by establishing an office of special prosecutor,” Nana Addo said.
Three and half years in his administration of the President of the Republic, Nana Addo says close to about 50 persons have been arrested and are currently facing trial charges. Unlike what people were expecting from the beginning, Nana Addo stated, “We are not in the revolution trial times where upon the arrest of an individual, you can instantly trial and prosecute them in the space of one week or so. This time around, you have to go through the due court system where the accused is taken through the various process. It takes time.” President Akufo-Addo made this known in a one-on-one interview with Agya Wusu, the host Link Agoo AM Show.
“I can boldly say that already some convictions have been secured, already some are also negotiating refund of monies. As well as some have also been convicted.”
He has thus, called for calm indicating that, it cannot be that rapid, dramatic experience that people were expecting “At the end of the day, the courts and the justice will speak and then we all will know the truth.”
Further commenting on his government’s fight against corruption, President Akufo-Addo praised himself and the government saying lots of progress have been made. He admitted that fighting corruption is not won with the mouth. You have to have in place an enhanced strong institutions that deal with corruption. Talk of CHRAJ, Auditor General, Police, CID; all these institutions need enhancement to perform to their capability.
Nana Addo added it is worth noted that, consistently my government have increased budgetary allocation to these state institutions. “25% in the 1st year, 35% in the 2nd year, another 25% in the 3rd year”.
A lot of progress have been made in the fight against corruption. He stated that, parliament have already passed lots of legislation to help in the fight against corruption.
Story By: Aning-Amankwa Felix/RadioLinkNews/Techiman