Former New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Ahafo Ano South, Stephen Balado-Manu is skeptical about President John Mahama’s ability to prosecute government officials implicated in the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Agency (GYEEDA) draft report.
He posited that the President’s past records of in dealing with corruption especially when it involved government appointees do not give him [Balado] much confidence for justice in future.
Balado-Manu’s comment was in reaction to President Mahama’s promise to publish the final GYEEDA report once a review committee led by PV Obeng finishes its work.
According to the President, the leaked draft report in circulation only covered work in progress regarding the GYEEDA investigation.
But Stephen Balado-Manu on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Tuesday said President Mahama’s claim of the availability of a final report has made the issue murkier.
He observed that the yet to be published GYEEDA report rather deepens the perception in people’s minds that the draft report was being doctored.
The former NPP MP noted that the GYEEDA report would be a litmus test to President Mahama’s commitment to fighting corruption.
Balado-Manu challenged President Mahama to stand by his word and publish the final report.
But Deputy Minister of Chieftaincy and Traditional affairs, John Alexander Ackon stressed that President Mahama must not be pressured to take hasty decisions on the report.
He said those implicated in the GYEEDA Report must be given a fair hearing before any sanction is applied against them.
John Alexander Ackon said President Mahama is committed to fighting corruption in his government and will theefore not shield anything from Ghanaians.