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THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION IS ON COURSE, SAYS DEPUTY AG

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Joseph Kpemka, Deputy Attorney General and Minister of Justice, says the Akufo-Addo government is making serious efforts to fight corruption.

Joseph Kpemka, Deputy Attorney General and Minister of Justice, says the Akufo-Addo government is making serious efforts to fight corruption.

According to him, the country could save about GHC1 billion from four cases of corruption before the courts.

He has also said that in the coming weeks, the Ministry of Justice will, be hauling more individuals before the courts to answer charges relating to corruption.

This, Mr Kpemka says, is in fulfilment of President Akufo-Addo’s promise to ensure that all people found to have squandered funds belonging to the nation are brought to book.

He made this disclosure when he inaugurated the youth wing of the New Patriotic Party in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.

Call of masses

“A number of you have called and sent us messages about prosecutions. All cases that we [NPP] actually campaigned on are being investigated.

“Four of the major cases are in court and if we succeed in these four cases, the nation will benefit from not less than GHC1 billion,” he said.

He said all the cases before the courts show the government’s seriousness in tackling corruption. He cited the cases involving four past officials of the National Communications Authority (NCA), the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) and the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD).

“I have no doubt in my mind that with the Acts that we are putting together and what the Special Prosecutor is going to do, [in] 2020 Ghanaians will have a very simple choice to retain the NPP government,” he added.

Mr Kpemka said the NPP government aims to prosecute corrupt officials and make them pay back stolen funds.

He appealed to Ghanaians to support the fight against corruption by making available information to the appropriate agencies.

Cases

A former director general of SSNIT, Ernest Thompson, was charged last year on 29 counts, including conspiracy wilfully to cause financial loss to the state.

The other charges include defrauding by false pretence, contravention of the Public Procurement Act, possession of forged documents and authoring forged documents.

With regard to MASLOC, its former boss, Sedina Tamakloe Attionu, was also this year charged for causing a financial loss of GHC129m to the state.

Mrs Attionu was the chief executive of MASLOC between November 2013 and January 2017. Also facing the law is a former operations manager of MASLOC, Daniel Axim.

The two accused have been charged on 80 counts of stealing, wilfully causing financial loss to the state, money laundering, conspiracy and contravention of the Public Procurement Act, among other offences.

In March last year, the Attorney General also charged the former COCOBOD chief executive Stephen Opuni and Seidu Agongo, chief executive officer of Agricult Ghana Ltd, on 27 counts. The charges include wilfully causing financial loss to the state, contravention of the Public Procurement Act, defrauding by false pretence, money laundering and corruption of a public officer.

Agongo is also alleged to have used fraudulent means to sell substandard fertiliser to COCOBOD for onward distribution to cocoa farmers.