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President Akufo-Addo must not present cover-ups of corruption scandals – NDC

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has described as deceitful, President Nana Akufo-Addo’s claim that there has not been any serious evidence of corruption against his appointees.

The President made the claim at the African Investment Forum 2018 in South Africa a few days ago, saying “so far investigations[ involving his appointees] have not yielded any serious evidence.”

A statement signed by the NDC’s National Organiser, Kofi Adams, however, rubbished these claims, saying corruption allegations against government appointees had ostensibly been dismissed due to the President’s desire to protect his government.

“We find the President’s claims deceitful and breath-taking, in the level of disrespect that he has shown to Ghanaians who have been witnesses to massive cover ups, staged to conceal clear cases of corruption in his government.

“While it is true that he has unilaterally cleared his appointees in several cases of corruption, it has not been for want of evidence but rather due to a desire to protect his government.

These comments also go to underscore the President’s preference for defending the corrupt acts of his appointees over punishment of same.”

The statement listed seven corruption cases including the cash for seat and BOST contaminated fuel scandal which the party believes are clear cases of corruption the government covered up.

‘NDC embarking on smear campaign’

Meanwhile, Deputy Information Minister, Pius Hadidze has rubbished the NDC ‘s claims.

Below is the statement from the NDC

PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO MUST NOT PRESENT COVER-UPS OF CORRUPTION SCANDALS IN HIS GOVERNMENT AS CREDIBLE INVESTIGATIONS

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is astonished by yet another robust defense of and support for corruption by President Akufo-Addo in faraway South Africa. The President is quoted as saying that, all instances of corruption under his watch have been investigated and his appointees cleared because no evidence was found.

We find the President’s claims deceitful and breath-taking, in the level of disrespect that he has shown to Ghanaians who have been witnesses to massive cover ups, staged to conceal clear cases of corruption in his government.

While it is true that he has unilaterally cleared his appointees in several cases of corruption, it has not been for want of evidence but rather due to a desire to protect his government. These comments also go to underscore the President’s preference for defending the corrupt acts of his appointees over punishment of same.

No government in the annals of the Fourth Republic has been dogged by corruption scandals with the rapidity that they have occurred under Akufo-Addo. In the two years that he has been at the helm, Ghanaians have struggled to keep pace with the sheer number of corruption scandals that have broken out. Indeed, corruption is an epidemic under President Akufo-Addo.

The President set the ball rolling by opening up the public purse for scramble through the appointment of an inordinately large number of Ministers.

He believes that a country of such limited means and resources as Ghana, deserves 111 Ministers, some of whom occupy ridiculous portfolios and are only duplicating the work of traditional Ministries and Public Agencies.

Also, he added one thousand (1,000) Presidential Staffers, many of whom have no clearly defined roles and constitute a drain on the national purse.

He has also wholeheartedly embraced nepotism on a scale never witnessed in Ghana’s history; because scores of his family, friends and business associates of his relatives have been given plum appointments and placed in strategic positions to facilitate unprecedented levels of conflict of interest and insider dealings.

Following from this, President Akufo-Addo and his appointees have subjected the national purse to systematic assault and abuse. The President’s usual response has often been to put in place bogus investigations that are designed from the onset to hide the facts and provide a smokescreen behind which the offending appointees can be whitewashed, and the issues swept under the carpet.

For the benefit of President Akufo-Addo, in the event that he is genuinely unaware that his actions have served to promote corruption, but not to combat it, we list a few of the legion of corruption cases that he has covered up.

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