Corruption Demonstration

The Chairman of the Adentan Constituency for the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Mr. Abdul Malik Jeleel has called on the president of Ghana, His. Excellency Nana Addo- Dankwah Akuffo Addo to accelerate measures to curb down the corruption canker in all elements of state institution including his own presidency which has been tagged with the menace.

This was contained in a statement released to mark the December 9th, INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY, 2019.

The statement said Ghana is the 78 least corrupt nations out of 175 countries, according to the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index reported by Transparency International.

Corruption Rank in Ghana averaged 64.71 from 1998 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 81 in 2017 and a record low of 50 in 2002.

This clearly shows that successive governments both NPP and the NDC have failed woefully in dealing with the issue due to lack of strengthened institutional capacity.

Jeleel said, both NPP and NDC lack the governance capacity to fight corruption because of the politicization of it which makes it difficult to prosecute victims at high public office.

He further stated that, the office of the special prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959) which relates to the prosecution of both public and private individuals who engage in corrupt practices is similar by comparatives to the economic and organized crime office Act, 2010 (Act 804) as a specialized agency to monitor and investigate economic and organized crime which corruption is linked to it.

The Act also gives the same powers under the authority of the Attorney-General to prosecute these offenses of corruption.

He pointed out the object and functions of the two Act of parliament which was similar and was of an observation that, strengthening the economic and organized crime office with resources to take up the task by fast tracking investigations and a full mandate for the prosecution of corrupt practices would have been effective in ensuring the enforcement of the law with a milestone of reducing corruption instead of creating a multiple institution, the office of the special prosecutor.

In conclusion, he quoted Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah who said “Action without thought is blind” and therefore, after establishing the office of special prosecutor in 2017,corruption index in Ghana increases according to transparency international’s report which makes government action of establishing that office to be blind but rather could have strengthen the resources of ECOCO to increase their performance.

He commended the good work ECOCO is doing in recovering Wayome’s money and appealed to the civil society, the media and religious leaders to lead the advocacy and the watchdog role in ensuring the independence of the economic and organized crime office from politicization as well accelerate effective public education on citizen’s rights to report any police officer who extorts money to the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards Bureau (PIPS) and the commission on human rights and administrative justice (CHRAG) for appropriate investigations.

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