President-elect hints of Special Prosecutor to fight corruption

Date: Dec 12, 2016 at 6:05am

President John Dramani Mahama with President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Veep-elect Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia
President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has disclosed that, one of his initial plans in government is to establish the Office of a Special Prosecutor to fight corruption.

The plan is to "separate politics from criminal investigations."

Nana Addo won last week’s Presidential Elections convincingly by a 54 per cent margin as against incumbent President John Mahama’s 44 percent, the first time a President has failed to win re-election in Ghana.

Speaking to BBC’s Akwasi Sarpong, Nana Addo insisted his priority is Tackling corruption Nana Addo’, who anchored his presidential campaign on uprooting corruption, told Akwasi Sarpong, “We have decided that as much as possible we want to take the politics out of it.”

He said they have put out a number of ideas which were in their (NPP) manifesto and in the things that “I’m saying about institutional reforms, personal examples that myself and leaders of our party and government have to give, it’s a mix of ideas that we believe will go a long way to reducing the incidents of corruption in our national life.”

He said that would ensure, “screams of witch-hunting etc. don’t arise by establishing an Office of Special Prosecutor of somebody who will be independent of the Executive and somebody whose remits will be to investigate and tackle issues of corruption.” “And hopefully that person is going to be somebody who commands respect of the society and at the same time has an independent mind to make the decisions.”

He expressed caution over witch- hunt but emphasized that no one would hide under political affiliation to gain immunity.

“What we have to be careful of in our situation is, one, to witch-hunt, but at the same time, we ought not to give the impression that those of us in political life somewhat have some sort of immunity from investigation merely because we are politicians, I don’t think that will be right, we are citizens of Ghana first and foremost."

On the economy, Nana Addo said turning around the economy would be his top priority.

When asked what his top priorities were, Nana Addo said, “It has to be to get our economy moving again.

The Ghanaian economy has been in a nose-dive for the last five years, low growth, widespread unemployment, huge debts, that’s the reality of our situation in Ghana, and especially the unemployment among the youth has reached alarming proportions and if we don’t find a method of dealing with it, our country will … be running towards all kinds of problems along the line.”

On his victory at the elections and his feelings, he said, “First of all I was grateful to Ghanaians for giving me the opportunity and also for the fact that the issues that I thought were the issues facing our people have been endorsed by them, that I was right in my analysis of where we are and what we needed to do and what the problems were.” “I don’t want to sound smart but it is a certain satisfaction for a politician when your analysis is proven right by events.”

He also spoke about the caliber of his appointees who would run his government, saying they need to have the fundamental connect to the group of ideas that are set out in the manifesto.

Secondly, their competence, their capacity to master the briefs that are going to be given to them and carry them out.

Thirdly, the commitment to the Ghana Project, the loyalty to Ghana, you are coming to work for the people of Ghana and not for yourself. He noted

SOURCE: Daily Graphic

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