Two of my appointees are being probed for corruption, President Akufo-Addo tells diplomats

By Nana Yaw Dwamena January 31, 2020 2182 35 comments

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stressed that two of his appointees are under investigation for alleged acts of corruption.

He did not identify the two appointees but said action will be taken against them if they are found guilty.

The President made this disclosure as he addressed members of the diplomatic corps at Peduase Lodge, near Aburi, on Tuesday night.

“Two appointees of the executive are still facing investigation,” he reminded guests.

President Akufo-Addo declared that his fight against corruption is on course, as all corruption allegations against his appointees have been investigated by independent bodies such as the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Parliament.

No pressure

He further said the government can confirm that none of the investigative bodies has accused the government of exerting pressure on it or interfering in its work, and he insisted that due process will be followed scrupulously in all cases.

He urged the diplomats to share with his office any matter involving allegations of corruption against government appointees so that action can be taken, saying this will be better for relations between Ghana and other countries than individuals making non-specific pronouncements.

“Should you, members of the diplomatic corps, be notified of any evidence of corruption against any of my appointees, I insist that they be shared with my office to enable action to be taken on the matter,” President Akufo-Addo urged.

As of now, 21 officials of the immediate past NDC-led government are standing trial for alleged involvement in corruption or for causing financial loss to the state.

The President also reminded diplomats that prosecutions have commenced of individuals believed to be responsible for some of the worst triggers of the banking sector crisis.

Political will

“I would like to stress that despite self-serving allegations based on deliberate misinformation, the action [my] government took to bring the PDS concession agreement under the Millennium Corporation contract to an end was to prevent rather than condone wrongdoing,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo argued that even though the war against corruption will not be won overnight, corruption can be quelled if there is the political will.

“I did not come into politics to enrich myself, but to serve the public interest. I am determined to help build in Ghana a model and culture of transparent, open and accountable governance that will be the equal of any on the face of the planet.

“In so doing, as you yourselves can testify, Ghana has a free press and Ghanaians are at liberty to speak on any issue they wish.”

Foreign affairs

In a welcome address, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, said 2019 had been a fruitful time for her and her ministry as far as working relationships with the diplomatic corps are concerned.

She pledged the ministry’s commitment to doing everything in its power to assist members of the diplomatic community in Ghana as they go about their duties.

President Akufo-Addo exchanges greeting with Colombia’s Ambassador to Ghana, Claudia Turbay Quintero, Dean of the diplomatic corps

 

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