General News of Tuesday, 18 July 2017
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says his administration is working tirelessly at ensuring that the many allegations of corruption and financial malfeasance levelled against members of the previous government are tried.
He said already, many of the cases have been received by his office, but he will only make a move for trial after it has been established that the people mentioned are indeed guilty.
Speaking at his maiden press encounter at the Flagstaff House in Accra today, the President said “There are lots of allegations in our country, about people who were in office, many of them when you probe, turn out not to be the case.
“If we are to go along with all the allegations, we will have a plethora of cases, many of which the court will not support,” he added.
The President said although he is bent on fulfilling his campaign promise of creating the office of a special prosecutor to try cases of corruption by public officials, he will not engage in the witch hunting of people.
During the 2016 elections the then presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo promised to create a new independent office to handle prosecutions of corrupt public officials.
The rationale, he explained, was to put an end to the chorus of witch-hunting that has attended previous prosecutions.
After six months in office and no show, Ghanaians, especially sympathisers of the governing New Patriotic Party have been piling pressure on the president to set up the office and begin prosecution.
But the President says there is no need to rush. He said there is a lot of work being done and the allegations are being investigated, but before they go to court, there must be sufficient evidence to support those allegations.
“I will not accept prosecutions being brought just to satisfy the appetite of people.
“They are going to be brought because they have been well researched and there is a strong evidence of wrongdoing which a court of law can reliably use to convict,” he stressed.
He said a lot of work is being done, many of the cases have been identified and that soon, the formal prosecution will begin, but “prosecution will only take place if it is clearly established that “something wrong took place there which requires the intervention of the court.”
He said there are several of those glaring cases of malfeasance which he is aware of and which will soon be lined up for prosecution.
President Akufo-Addo also assured that the promise of the setting up of the office of a special prosecutor will be fulfilled.