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THE LAW WON'T SPARE CORRUPT OFFICIALS - Senior Minister

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Yaw Osafo Maafo, the Senior Minister, says the Akufo-Addo led government would not rush to prosecute persons when evidence to back their alleged crimes have not been established.

Yaw Osafo Maafo, the Senior Minister, says the Akufo-Addo led government would not rush to prosecute persons when evidence to back their alleged crimes have not been established.

 

“But we don’t want to do this in a hurry, we must do thorough investigation. We must do it in such a way that people who have wronged the system are identified through thorough investigation and they will answer for their crimes,” he added.

He said this yesterday at the launch of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Week in Accra.

He told the gathering that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was determined to ensure that persons who engaged in corrupt acts to the detriment of the state are made to face the law.

“I have a message from the President. He told me that ‘when you go emphasize the point that we are certainly going to make people who have wronged this nation through corruption suffer for their deeds,” he said.

The President has been criticised by a section of the public, especially supporters of the New Patriotic Party for not taking action against people in the previous government who have been perceived as corrupt.

Many individuals have expressed their frustrations towards the Akufo-Addo government for not doing enough to prosecute corrupt officials, one of the major things he campaigned on during the 2016 elections.

They say although the president promised during the 2016 electioneering campaign to deal with such people, nothing concrete has been done aside the passing into law of the Special Prosecutors Bill.

However, the senior minister admitted the disappointments of those asking the corrupt officials to be prosecuted, he was quick to add that not much can be done if there are no evidence against such people.

“People are impatient with Akufo Addo’s government because they think that we spoke a lot about corruption in the past, but till date, nothing is happening to those who are supposed to have wronged the system.

“We have the laws of this land not to punish anybody [only] because he or she is an opponent, but because they have wronged the system and they have been corrupt in the system,” he added.

But he gave the assurance that investigations were still going on and very soon the results would be out for every Ghanaian to hear and to see.

Member of Parliament for North Tongu recently challenged the Akufo-Addo administration to punish alleged corruption by former President Mahama and NDC functionaries.

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa says the opposition NDC is fed up with the litany of allegations leveled against its members without proof by the NPP government.

Speaking in a radio interview, he said Article 88 of the 1992 Constitution is clear about who has the authority to investigate and prosecute crime and corruption urging the Attorney General to act swiftly.

“What is all this about, that we [NDC functionaries] are corrupt, we have stolen Ghana’s money, we have taken cocoa funds after losing the election and we have spent over $400 million?” he queried.

The MP accused the NPP government of lacking the moral courage and evidence to prosecute the NDC functionaries.

“Why are we walking as free men? Why can’t you take action if people have bought motorbikes for ¢17,000 which has turned out to be blatant falsehood? Please deal with it,” he said.

Mr Ablakwa said the NPP has been on accusing the NDC of corruption for years and since it now has power, it should go ahead and punish wrongdoers and not go about holding press conferences.