General News of Monday, 4 December 2017
Senior Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo, has reiterated government’s resolve to punish persons who have used funds belonging to the state for their personal comfort, saying they will surely atone for their deeds.
According to him, government is not in a rush to prosecute corrupt officials, especially those of the previous government, but is rather interested in ensuring that the right processes are used to identify persons who have duped the state in one way or the other.
“We are certainly going to make people who have wronged this country through corruption suffer for their deeds, but we don’t want to do this in a hurry. We must do thorough investigations; we would not do things in such a way to show that we are after our political opponents”.
“It is taking us time to do this because we want to do it in a way that people who have wronged the system are identified through thorough and the emphasis is thorough investigation, so that they answer for their crimes,” he noted.
He was speaking at the launch of the 2017 National Anti-Corruption and Transparency Week in Accra today [Monday]. The programme is under the theme: “NACAP: Strengthening Public, Private and Civil Society Partnership in the fight against corruption”.
The Senior Minister urged Ghanaians not to panic but exercise restraint whiles government investigates in an orderly manner, acts of corruption perpetrated by ex-government officials.
“We have the laws of this land, and we must use the laws of the land not to punish anybody because he/she is an opponent but to punish people because they have wronged the system and have been corrupt to the system. So investigations are still going on-going, and I think very soon the results will be out for every Ghanaian to hear and see,” he added.