Executive Director of the Ghana Integrity Initiative, Linda Ofori-Kwafo says Former President Jerry Rawlings must move a step forward in his advocacy against corruption by assisting institutions of state mandated to investigate or punish culprits with the evidence he may have.
She says merely speaking passionately about them makes the commentary pedestrian which can feed into all kinds of perceptions.
The former President who has consistently attacked almost every regime including former Presidents John Kufuor, late Professor Atta Mills and John Mahama is already receiving public bashing for what some describe as a deliberate attempt to create the impression he is the best Ghana has ever had.
She believes the Former President’s call on previous governments to tackle issues of corruption is not wrong and should be emulated by civil society organisations and the media.
“The issues of corruption Former President Rawlings speaks about is usually nothing new. I see him as an anti-corruption crusader who won’t spare his own political party if they are going wrong however he needs to provide evidence to help investigations. I also think the conversation should be focused on how we can increase efforts to reducing corruption”, she said.
The Executive Director of the Ghana Integrity Initiative who speaking to Prince Mintah, the Morning Xpress Host, said every citizen with information on corruption should report and give every information needed to help in proper investigation.
She was commenting on a strongly worded statement by Former Deputy Chief of Staff, Dr Valerie Sawyer, to the Former President accusing him of playing double standards in his so called fight against corruption.
Valerie Sawyer, made reference to a number of actions by appointees of the New Patriotic Party government which Mr Rawlings has as she put it deliberately declined to comment on, exposing his lack of consistency.
According to her, some people may not have very substantive evidence but may have experienced corruption and the appropriate state institutions is supposed to investigate the reported case.
Linda Ofori also expressed concern about the inability of most people to report corruption at their workplaces for fear of being exposed and losing their job.
She urged Ghanaians to rather advocate for the passage of the right to information law by parliament which will also protect people who report corruption.