Anti-corruption institution Ghana Integrity Initiative(GII) has urged government to expedite processes to commence the prosecution of past and current government officials who are alleged to have engaged in corrupt activities.
Former President John Mahama recently accused the NPP government of being replete with corruption hence spending $2.5 million on a “419” digital addressing application which cost Ghana when it already existed on mobile phones.
In a sharp reply to the former president’s assertions, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia warned that corrupt officials who served in the Mahama administration would soon face prosecution.
Speaking on the Morning Xpress on Radio XYZ Monday morning, the Executive Director of GII, Mrs Linda Ofori -Kwafo, hinted that government’s promises of prosecuting corrupt public officers need to transcend mere talks.
According to her, the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (2012-2020) (NACAP), which is expected to contextualize and mobilize resources of stakeholders to prevent and fight corruption through the promotion of high ethics and integrity as well as enforcement of applicable laws, should not make the fight of corruption difficult.
“We are expecting more prosecutions… The Attorney General’s (AG) Office under Article 88 of the constitution has that responsibility to ensure that cases are investigated and prosecutions are conducted. We hope and we trust that they have that capacity to do so.”
She further maintained that with the setting up of the Special Prosecutor’s Office to strengthen the AG’s Department, investigations and prosecutions should not be difficult to achieve.
Advising government to to do proper investigation to enhance prosecution, she said: “We have all the laws but the enforcements have not been very effective. We are more or less getting tired of the promises. We are not telling any government official to rush; we need proper investigations to be done to get a good outcome for the country. In the mind of every Ghanaian, we’ll want government to win all anti-corruption cases in court. We have instances where we have not done well and found ourselves going back and forth, and One of them is the almighty Woyome Case. We’ve gone severally in an out of court but we’ve not got to the end of the matter.”
“The cases that have evidences in the Auditor General’s Report, are expect to be good cases. The ones that people have been required to refund monies to State, if they are delaying in paying we should begin proceeding to court and get our monies back. These are cases that have been determined because the Auditor General department has done its work,” she added.