General News of Friday, 16 January 2015
General Secretary of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has issued a fatwa to all party members not to criticize civil society group, OccupyGhana.
According to him, it is retrogressive for anyone to brand the group anti-government when all it is seeking to do is to complement government’s effort in the fight against corruption.
General Mosquito’s comment comes after the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Fiifi Kwetey, accused OccupyGhana as being an appendage of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Citing Sydney Casley-Hayford, a leading member of the group to buttress his point, the Agric Minister said he is pushing an agenda to make the Mahama-led administration unpopular.
Describing members of OccupyGhana as hypocrites, Fiifi Kwetey charged them to declare their political stance and stop pretending to be neutral.
On the contrary, the NDC chief scribe disagreed vehemently with his party man’s critique of the civil society group.
On Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme on Thursday, Asiedu Nketia stated emphatically that OccupyGhana should be commended for their fight against payroll fraud and its ultimatum to the Auditor-General to recover millions of cedis lost through irregularities identified in its reports.
Describing it as a bane to Ghana’s development, General Mosquito said all well-meaning Ghanaians should join in the fight to nip it in the bud.
He could not fathom why the Auditor General has all the powers to prosecute and yet has failed to crack the whip.
“Issues about payroll fraud should be discussed devoid of politics, and I believe OccupyGhana is helping government in the fight against corruption,” he added.
Asiedu Nketia said it is about time the corrupt technocrats in state institutions are made to face the full rigorous of the law.