General News of Monday, 5 November 2018
The Economic and Organized Crime Office, (EOCO), has opined that for the fight against corruption to be successful, ruling governments must be willing to prosecute their own corrupt officials before they prosecute their political opponents
The Eastern regional Director of EOCO, Fred Dzeny said this in Koforidua in an interview with Starr News on the side-lines of a roundtable discussion on ‘The Youth in the Fight Against Corruption in Ghana” held in Koforidua by the National Youth Authority to mark African Youth Day under the theme,” ‘Raising Youth Voices against Corruption” .
“The ruling government should be ready first and foremost to prosecute their own when the slightest incident of corruption is raised against the ruling government then they can also get the guts to prosecute the opposition.”
“When you look at the corruption cases in Ghana, it is not just people who are corrupt, the public servants, civil servants they are all corrupt. When you look at it, it is the Chief Directors who prepare contract documents and other things so if we are blaming the Politicians, it is not right, it is the public servants generally.”
Corruption has become endemic in Ghana with an estimated annual loss of €3 billion. The current government has established the Office of the Special Prosecutor to deal with corruption cases but the office has not yet been resourced to enable it function effectively.
The Eastern regional Boss of EOCO appealed to Government to resource the anti-corruption institutions to be able to execute their mandates satisfactorily. He bemoaned the Challenges facing EOCO adding that it is inhibiting it to the fight against corruption.
“We have serious challenges but all due to the economy but we believe when the economy picks up we will be well resourced but as at now the current state of the economy, this is what the government can do but I don’t think it is enough for us to really Police the system.”
He, however, added that, the Regional Office of EOCO has been investigating many tax evasion cases and succeeded in recouping the monies to government.