Investigative journalist and anti-corruption crusader Manasseh Azure Awuni has bemoaned President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s lack of definitive action against corruption, urging him to not take offence when Ghanaians describe his efforts in fighting corruption as shambolic.
His comment comes few days after the President delivered a speech on strides being made in the fight against corruption under his government.
Manasseh Azure Awuni noted that under the erstwhile John Mahama government, some definitive action was taken on alleged acts of corruption but President Akufo-Addo, then a presidential candidate, still called the action of John Mahama a “sham”. Now, as President, the journalist thinks that his efforts in the fight against corruption when described as shambolic should not offend him.
The journalist detailed some cases corruption under John Mahama that received much needed attention and action.
President Akufo-Addo’s government has been embroiled in many alleged cases of corruption, leading anti-corruption campaigners such Vitus Azeem to describe his government as being perceived the most corrupt.
But the President has hit back at his critics, saying that attempts to tag him as corrupt will not work given that he is not in government to enrich himself.
Read the full text of his statement below:
“It is clear from the actions taken in cases like judgement debts, the World Cup saga, GYEEDA, SADA, the DVLA saga, the Metro Mass branding, etc., that the fight against corruption is a sham. I say again, the so-called fight against corruption is a sham.” — Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, February 2016, in his “True State of the Nation” address.
On GYEEDA, two people were imprisoned, including Abuga Pele, a former MP from Mahama’s government
60 million cedis was retrieved from the rLG Group.
All the Contracts, but one, were cancelled.
A bill was drafted and passed into law to streamline GYEEDA, the YEA Act of 2015 was passed.
I agree with President Akufo-Addo’s assertion that more had to be done in the GYEEDA case, but if he was bold to call Mahama’s fight against corruption was a sham even with the above actions, then he should not take offence when Ghanaians think his efforts in fighting corruption are shambolic.