The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Koans Estate, Professor Kofi Anokye, has taken a swipe at President Nana Akufo-Addo for claiming that all corruption allegations levelled against his appointees have been investigated.
Professor Anokye reacting to the comments on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, wondered why the president would make such comments when there are pending cases of perceived corruption hovering around him and his appointees.
President Akufo-Addo, has stated that, thus far, all allegations of corruption levelled against his appointees have been investigated by independent institutions mandated to carry out such investigations.
In addition to the establishment of the Office of Independent Prosecutor, in the fight against corruption in Ghana, President Akufo-Addo stressed that “there is also the attitude of those of us who are in office.”
He explained that “for instance, if members of my administration are indulging in corrupt acts, any time an allegation is made, I have seen to it that it is investigated.”
The President continued, “So far, investigations have not yielded any evidence (of appointees indulging in corruption), but it is important that it is known that people of my administration will be subject to scrutiny if they go off schedule.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Thursday, 8th November, 2018, when he spoke as a panelist on “Championing Investments: Presidential Investment Chats” at the ongoing Africa Investment Forum, organized by the African Development Bank, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
But reacting to the comments, Professor Anokye said, the comments did not represent the true reflection of what is happening in Ghana.
He made reference to the comments of Kwesi Nyantakyi in the Number 12 video and insisted that, whatever the former Ghana Football Association (GFA) president said may have some level of truth.
Ghanaians he said are watching keenly and will punish this government if it fails to punish corrupt officials.
He decried the abandoning of projects by politicians and made specific reference to the Affordable Housing Project started by former President Kufour.
‘’Politicians are evil, they should continue with their evil deeds. Ghanaians are watching. Ghanaians will definitely punish them. If people are afraid to talk, some of us are not. If you call us, we will speak the truth, you can hate us, we don’t care,’’ he added.
‘’Nobody should underrate Ghanaians. Ghanaians are not stupid. Politicians in Ghana must remember that Ghanaians are not stupid. If Nana Addo says his people are not corrupt, then I have nothing to say but if a party chairman during an election purchase vehicles to buy delegates, what is it? Is not corruption? The president should be vigilant and fight corruption.’’
Professor Anokye reminded the NPP of the caution given by former President Kufour on the need to avoid being power drunk.
In July this year, former president John Agyekum Kufuor warned the New Patriotic Party (NPP) leadership as well as the Akufo-Addo government not to be power drunk.
Speaking at the party's National Delegates Conference in Koforidua, the Eastern Region capital, he said power of any form has a way of tricking people even when they have good intentions.
Quoting Lord Acton’s famous lines he said, “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, so at every turn even as we make progress in governance, and we are making serious progress in all sectors, we should not be swayed.”