General News of Tuesday, 15 December 2015
Former Member of Parliament for Afigya Sekyere West constituency Kan Dapaah has said corruption is not just a perception in Ghana but a reality.
He told Ekow Mensah-Shalders (#EMS) on Class91.3fm’s Executive Breakfast Show (#CBS) on Tuesday December 15, 2015 that he was not surprised Ghana came up as one of the worst performing countries in the fight against corruption, as published by the latest global corruption afrobarometer report.
“I wasn’t surprised” he said. “I spend all my time these days saying there is too much corruption in Ghana and we should do something about it.”
“Stop this argument about perception,” he added. “Yes it was all about perception. It’s a perception index, but in Ghana, is it just a perception that there is corruption? I ask you. Is it just a perception? It is not,” he said.
According to the former legislator, instead of getting upset about the ranking, government should set out to find the necessary remedies and do away with “this cancer of corruption in our country”.
He said Ghanaians should accept there is corruption and fight it.
In his view, even if there is no corruption but there is a perception, it is a huge problem that needs to be addressed.
Mr Kan Dapaah said 90 per cent of Ghanaians, probably more, believe that there is corruption. We see it every day,” he added.
“Will I ever drive through the red light in the UK or USA? No! Because I know if I do, there are sanctions. But here, I know that if I do, all that I have to do is…the police man who will catch me; I have to find the nearest 5 cedi”.