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Stanley Writes: Pres. Akuffo Addo’s Promise To Prosecute Mahama’s Corrupt Appointees A Sham?

There was once a great man that lived. He owned a vast land with lots of resources on it; minerals, agricultural products, and everything a good land should possess. Amongst everything were his people, whom he has given the land to dwell and explore it for living.

Every year, he would give the people the right to choose who should lead them. One of the people who qualified to lead but his persevering attempts to get chosen to taste power and how it looks like leading such people failed was ‘A’.

On the next period of election, ‘A’ did well to expose the other counterpart ‘B’ who was leading then. He exposed all the lies and corruption ‘B’ has indulged in; how he collected money from the people meant for their well being for his personal gains. ‘A’ emphasized on how he would make ‘B’ and all those that connived with him be legally dealt with.

This made the people select him to help them bring justice on the land, and for them to live and enjoy what’s rightfully theirs. But ‘A’ tasted power and seemed to be indifferent about the promises that gave him power.

Ghanaians experienced the rulership of the NDC government under Former President John Mahama and the expositions by the then opposition party, NPP, now the current government opened the eyes of Ghanaians to how corrupt NDC was. As a result NPP was given power again with the leadership of President Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo-Addo to lead the nation, to follow up on all the corrupt expositions he talked about during his campaign and to bring justice on the land as he promised.

The fire was there at the early stages to pursue this agenda, and the nomination of Mr. Martin Amidu by the Attorney General and his acceptance and appointment by the President made Ghanaians realize the president really mean his promises.

The Ghana Special Prosecutor board comprised Mr. Martin Amidu, Special Prosecutor; Cynthia Lamptey, Deputy Special Prosecutor; Charles Nana Antwi, Representative of EOCO; DCOP Tiwaa Addo Danquah, Representative of the Police Service; Linda Ofori Kwarfo, Representative of the Anti-Corruption Coalition; Kofi Boadu Boakye, Representative of the Financial Intelligence Centre; Charles Ayimadu, Representative of CHRAJ, Representative of CHRAJ; Kwaku Domfe, Representative of National security; and Mr. Addae Wereko, Representative of the Auditor General’s Department.

This specialised agency, with high expectations held, is to investigate acts of corruption involving public officers, politically exposed persons, and persons in the private sector involved in the commission of corruption. The office also has the power to prosecute persons engaged in acts of corruption on the authority of the Attorney-General.

“My hope and expectation is that the establishment of this Office is going to be an important step in our collective determination to root out corruption from the public life of our country. All of us know that it has been a major bane in the development of Ghana.

“And hopefully this Office as it is intentioned, will make that contribution and make sure that public officials -past and present – are held to account to for their actions and that corrupt acts will no longer go without investigations,” President Akufo-Addo said when he signed the Bill for Special Prosecutions.

At the swearing-in ceremony of the Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu at the Flagstaff house, the President repeated:

“We expect the Special Prosecutor to discharge his duties vigorously, with courage, without fear or favour, ill-will or malice, in accordance with the rule of law. The establishment of this Office is for a high purpose, and must not, under any circumstances, be used as an avenue for persecution or vengeance,”.

These, the president said during the passing of the Special Prosecutors Bill. It is a year now and the office of the prosecutor has nothing substantial to account for except excuses and lamentations on how some people are trying to buy favours.

There is one irrefutable fact this government should know, that their failure to bring all the culprits involved in amassing state funds and properties for themselves to the law as promised means they are liars. Then everything they said against NDC is just propaganda, just to quench their thirst for power.

I’m sure exposing Former President Mahama and his government and the promise of retrieving what belongs to the nation to her was one of the main reasons power was transferred to the current government.

But now what? What impact has that office made and till when? Would it be a campaign message to give the government next four years to handle that agenda because the immediate term was used to lay foundations?

One funny imagination but needful is how long would the agency and board of the special prosecutor be paid for doing nothing? imagining the millions of cedis that I’m sure have accumulated into billions by now.

“How on earth should somebody construct a road and just after six months it begins to deteriorate. Meanwhile, that same person will walk around freely boasting about it while we watch”. He quizzed…referring to some of the roads constructed under former president Mahama.
“This is why I have asked Ghanaians to be vigilant” Mr. Boafo, the CEO of Public Sector Reforms stressed.

“I Kusi Boafo as part of the Government, I’m not corrupt that is why I have said, If Nana Addo is not able to punish wrongdoers I will campaign against him. I have said it”, he stressed on this.

I side with him. With how the NPP asserted their corruption claims against the now main opposion party, it is irrefutable that they have the evidences buttressing their claims. And if yes what are they waiting for?

I’m just tired with how Ghanaians and NPP to be precise call the former president and his associates thieves and yet they are walking freely. Same labelling has made Jon Benjamin, the British Diplomat to never stop harrassing John Dumelo who was also accused of stealing the nation’s vehicle because of his association with the party.

Politics has always been like this; if ‘A’ needs power, he will condemn all the policies of ‘B’ even when he know they are rational, and try with last breath to tarnish the image of ‘B’ just to get elected. Throwing dust in the eyes of the ordinary citizen. The irony of the issue is ‘B’ would do the same when in opposition.

If all those corruption allegations were true, what is the government waiting for? Is he now gathering evidences? Perhaps, NDC is innocent. If not, start with the prosecutions. Fulfil your promises.

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