His Excellency John Dramani Mahama has assured Ghanaians living in the USA that the country will not spare officials who are found guilty by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the national team’s shambolic showing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Ghana failed to make it past the group stages at the global football championship for the first time when camp dissatisfaction, squabbles and monetary dogfight affected the Black Stars on-field displays which culminated in the President ordering for a whooping $4million (four million US Dollars) cash to be carted on a chartered flight to Brazil to pay the players their appearances in time to avert their intended boycott of Ghana’s last game against Portugal.
The Ghanaian President set up a 3-man Commission of Inquiry headed by high court judge, Justice Dzamefe which has been looking at the conduct of officials in the lead up to the tournament and even beyond.
President who was in the US for the 69th UN Assembly of Heads of State and governments in New York, wasted no time at all in pledging to his countrymen that justice will be served the good people of Ghana, and any person found guilty of financial malfeasance by the Commission will be sanctioned accordingly.
“When the events that took place in Brazil happened, I have set up a commission of inquiry so that Ghanaians will be a part of the process to see what happened there,” President Mahama stated the rationale behind setting up the Commission.
“When the commission’s work is finished, we will publish the report for all Ghanaians to see. And we all will take the decisions. If we have to sanction people, we have to sanction them,” the President afiirmed.
The president also disclosed that government will make the report of the commission public for Ghanaians and government to collectively decide who must be punished, in pursuit of his Better Ghana agenda.
“I have taken measures to investigate corruption. When I became president, there were rumours about judgment debt. I appointed a sole commissioner to look into the judgment debts. He is doing it openly and publicly and all Ghanaian are seeing what is going on there,” the President stated.