Party financiers make graft fight difficult – Elvis

A former Minister of Youth and Sports under the erstwhile Mahama administration, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, has said that corruption seems entrenched in the country’s system because some individuals involved in the act finance political parties.

In his view, corruption investigations against such people becomes difficult after the political party they sponsored wins power.

According to him, it is about time politicians faced the harsh truth and submit themselves to the necessary processes for positive change.

He added that some businessmen and women heavily fund both the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), making it impossible for the two parties to deal with such people in corruption-related issues.

At a conversation on Rethinking Political Leadership in Ghana organised by socialist group, Progressive Intellectuals, on Tuesday, 2 October 2018, he said: “The two major parties, they are all guilty. I was tasked to investigate GYEEDA (Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development) and I found myself in a situation where [i was investigating] people who supported us during the campaign, and they support all parties. When there is time for election, they give monies to both parties, so don’t believe one party, both parties do it”.

“They said we should clean it up and we started cleaning it up, it was so embarrassing and awkward; people who have given you t-shirts and money and all kinds of things and now you are dealing with them. It was almost unconscionable but it had to be done and in the process some of us almost lost our lives because then, there was pressure within the party because you are cutting off the source of funding, for both parties,[and so], they will come after you.

“So we have created a system that legitimises and institutionalises the corruption and at the same time we say we want to deal with the corruption,” he lamented.

Mr Ankrah, therefore, wants the system to be cleansed adding that: “Check all the corruption-related cases, from BOST to whatever, check, it is linked to campaign financing. There is always a financier there…

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