Private legal practitioner, Ace Ankomah has dismissed as churlish and an absolute absurdity suggestions he is being sponsored by the NPP to make the government unpopular.
“I mean seriously, (do) you really think the NPP can pay me? So when the legal team is meeting and the accounting team is meeting [to pore over hundreds of pages], the NPP is paying”? he asked.
He said the campaign being waged by OccupyGhana for the protection of public money and retrieval of same from persons and companies who have unlawfully obtained any such money is a national duty.
In any case, “This is the country’s money. Does it matter who asks for it”?
He said it is regrettable that some people in Ghana do not think beyond partisan politics. “Let them remain in that cocoon where they think that everything must be partisan politics. Some of us, respectfully, are beyond that. I mean who in the NPP will call me and give me instructions,”? he chuckled.
A founder member of pressure group, OccupyGhana, Mr. Ankomah has consistently been tagged as a New Patriotic Party surrogate.
The group itself has been accused of being a creation of the NPP designed to achieve political objectives by portraying the government as corrupt.
OccupyGhana has been at the forefront of a relentless campaign against corruption, demonstrating a rare personal commitment and willingness to take on state institutions and insist that they carry out their mandate of protecting the public purse.
The Auditor-General, whose annual ritual of pointing out financial malfeasance and maladministration hasn’t yielded any results, has been the target of the group’s missiles.
The group has asked him to exercise his constitutionally guaranteed powers to disallow certain expenditures and surcharge errant public officials responsible for unlawful expenditures.
Monday, June 1, 2015, OccupyGhana turned the nozzle of its guns on the Youth and Sports Minister , demanding answers on an historical scandal at the National Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Agency (GYEEDA).
It says the Auditor-General’s report on the operations and transactions of the NYEP/GYEEDA expose the arcane details of horrendous and questionable disbursements of money from the public purse.
The OccupyGhana statement recounted constitutional violations in the payment of money to some companies under dubious circumstances.
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