Barbara Serwaa Asamoah, a former deputy Minister of Land and Natural Resources under the erstwhile Mahama administration has called a bluff of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government’s claim that the past government was replete with unbridled corruption.
She is, therefore, asking the government to arrest past officials who are believed to have engaged in acts of graf and stop the lip service.
Since assuming power in 2017, officials of the NPP and President Akufo-Addo have seized every opportunity to blame the past National Democratic Congress (NDC) government for virtually all challenges confronting the country, linking it to what they describe as ‘wanton corrupt activities’ that thrived under the leadership of then President John Mahama.
But speaking to Kwame Minkah on Radio XYZ, the deputy NDC General Secretary aspirant said she could not fathom why appointees and communicators of the Akufo-Addo government will continue to subject the former administration under a barrage of criticism for corruption and warn of incarcerating ex-appointees who allegedly engaged in corrupt activities but fail to initiate investigation and prosecute such persons.
Daring the government to expedite investigations and to bring to book all corrupt officials of the erstwhile NDC administration, the former National Deputy Youth Organizer of the NDC said the party and its members were tired of such lies from government officials who she likened to propagandists and asked them to “prove those claims.”
“I have heard some of them [NPP appointees] saying the president’s priority is not to prosecute former appointees…Ghanaians have seen and heard their lies. You have the CID, BNI and others, prosecute them…We are watching to see former appointees…” the private legal practitioner argued.
To her, the nomination and appointment of MR martin Amidu, a known NDC member and former appointee under the late President Mills administration as the Special Prosecutor was planned by the NPP to divert attention from their unwillingness to tackle corruption which she said is growing steadily in the NPP government.
“The appointment of Martin Amidu was because they [NPP] realized he had issues with some of the NDC former appointees,” she said and contended that the office of the Special Prosecutor will not be resourced to combat graft in government.
Arguing that the NPP government officials cannot “lump everybody [in the NDC] into their corruption allegations, Barbara Asamoah stated that: “We will not wait for them to be branding us [as corrupt] you’ll have to prove it, and that is what we are going to force them to do.”