‘Ayefe Notse’ Demo Hits Accra
Barring any last minute hitches, the long awaited Progressive People’s Party (PPP)-led anti-corruption demonstration is expected to hit Accra this morning.
The exercise, among others, is seeking to turn the Office of Attorney-General into an Independent Prosecutor’s Office separate from the Ministry of Justice so that the Office is removed from the ‘negative influence of partisan politics’ and set up a non-partisan National Commission to examine all judgment debt claims and settlements in the Fourth Republic with the aim to prepare recommendations to drastically reduce the incidence of negotiated settlements.
According to Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, founder of the party, the event is a call on all Ghanaians to join in the fight against corruption.
While noting that the demonstration is the first in the series of anti-corruption demonstrations to be held in all the 10 regions, many districts and municipalities, he insisted the protest march ‘is a call to all who agree to the need to remove this rot called corruption from our system to join the demonstrations at the national, regional or local levels’.
‘If you agree with us, support the cause and make a personal commitment to work to remove corruption from our system wherever you may be,’ he said.
The anti-corruption crusade, he believed, is a cause that is a crucial pre-requisite for lasting peace, prosperity and an undying commitment to fundamental change of the political system in Ghana.
Although the coalition is led by the PPP, Dr. Nduom is sure the crusade against corruption is not just another political action.
‘It is a call for all leaders – social, religious, men, women, political, business, students, etc. to make an irreversible personal commitment to the principle of incorruptible leadership in a very practical sense, incorruptible leadership is practical leadership that cannot be perverted, bribed, or corrupted,’ he stated.
In the view of the PPP founder, there is corruption everywhere in Ghana-in our churches, educational institutions, factories, offices, political parties, radio/television/newspaper and companies, contending that ‘It affects all of us; we cannot win this crusade by merely pointing fingers at other people. No one can plead ‘Not Guilty’.’
Dr. Nduom observed that corruption is expensive to the nation and its people and that corruption and waste of public funds cost the nation at least GH¢3 billion every year, wondering how many first class roads, complete school compounds with classrooms from kindergarten to Senior High Schools, libraries, toilets, dining rooms, ICT centres, among others Ghana could build with that amount of money.
Still on the waste of public funds as a result of corruption, the PPP founder stated that the country could facilitate the creation of millions of jobs for Ghanaians with GH¢3 billion and stop preventable diseases such as malaria and cholera with that same amount of money.
He stated that bribery and corruption have been invoked by many of our past leaders but due to the lack of personal commitment to make this a continuously running crusade the problem is still with us.
Dr. Nduom recalled that those who overthrew Nkrumah in 1966 cited bribery and corruption as some of the reasons for their action.
The late General I. K. Acheampong, the PPP founder said, used corruption in state institutions to shoot his way to power, stressing that in the end, corruption was used as a key justification in removing him from office while J. J. Rawlings brought his ‘revolution’ about on the backs of corruption allegations.
Former President J. A. Kufuor, Dr. Nduom averred, proclaimed ‘Zero Tolerance for Corruption’ maintaining that it was not as if Ghanaians were not aware that corruption is bad or that it kills our national spirit.
For this reason the PPP leader was emphatic that Ghana’s democracy had been clothed with bribery and corruption.
‘This remains one of the most critical problems that is holding our nation back today, a corrupt system has allowed governments to continue to act with impunity’ Dr. Nduom emphasized.
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