General News of Friday, 29 December 2017
President Akufo-Addo has vowed to deal with all corrupt individuals found to have lined their pockets with state cash insisting “One by one the trials will happen.”
He adds:”We are all in this country, we have nowhere to go, we will see what will happen.”
Mr Akufo-Addo has been criticized for becoming soft on issues of graft since he took over the reins of power, but has said that the government must gather enough evidence on alleged corruption cases before pressing charges.
The President’s comments come a few days after five former officials of the National Communication Authority (NCA) were charged with various corruption-related offences.
Former Board Chair of the NCA in the Mahama administration, Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie, and four others, were charged and arraigned for willfully causing financial loss to the State contrary to section 23(1) and section 179(3)(a) of the Criminal Offences Act 1960, Act 29.
The five persons have also been charged for 16 other offences.
President Akufo-Addo on Thursday tweeted that the trial of corrupt officials were being done to enforce the criminal laws of the country, and discounted claims that his government’s corruption fight has political connotations.