A member of the Communications Team of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Mr. Kit Yawson has indicated that it is right to proclaim that corruption is endemic in our society and the need to drum things up in the Ghanaian mind is the only way out.
Mr. Yawson was responding to a confession a member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Communication Team in Germany, Mr. Karim Dagara made that “the nationwide protests and subsequent rejection of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) nominated by President John Dramani Mahama is the direct result of the massive corruption, bribery and the underhand dealings that have characterized the nomination process”.
Mr. Dagara who made these admissions on a Stuttgart-based Radio (Sankofa FM) while speaking from the Nkwanta South Constituency in the Volta Region revealed that most of the President´s nominees are so unpopular within the local communities that they had to resort to the politics of bribery and intimidation of Assembly Members.
According to him, one has to pay between GH¢ 20,000.00 and GH¢ 30,000.00 to party officials and members of the appointments committee to be considered for the position of MMC/DCE saying “these things are still going on as we speak”.
The NDC man maintained that one does not have to be a rocket scientist to recognize the massive level of corruption ranging from the Embrya 190 saga, the SADA scandal and lately the GYEEDA fraud all of which point to the fact that corruption and ineptitude have become the norm rather than the exception under President Mahama´s government.
At the backdrop of this, the PPP Communicator therefore appealed to “all citizens of Ghana, irrespective of party political affiliation to join from Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra on September 10, 2013 as it embark on an anti-corruption demonstration”.
He noted that the massive demonstration shall end up at the Old Polo Grounds and a petition shall be submitted to the President.
He submitted that “the PPP further wants local people to elect their own DCEs and MCEs and not dictation from the Flagstaff House” adding that dictatorship in Ghana ended on 24th February, 1966 after the overthrow of Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s regime.