The General Secretary of the ruling party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Justin Frimpong Koduah, has criticised the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) for saying that the current government is corrupt.The NDC is in opposition.
According to Mr. Koduah, the NDC does not have the moral right to accuse the NPP government of indulging in corrupt activities because they themselves have engaged in such actions.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) levelled allegations of graft against the current administration in its most recent “state of the nation address.” The administration was criticised even harder for its role in driving the economy into a hole.
However, in response to this, the NPP General Secretary said the following in an interview with Umaru Sanda Amadu on Face to Face on Citi TV:
“I’m surprised the NDC will have the moral rights to talk about corruption in this country and level corruption allegations against the NPP; I’m very surprised.” If the NDC had any intention of showing up in good faith, the topic of their presentation ought to have been “how as a nation we would handle this canker that we all despise.”
The NDC spread false information.
Justin Koduah was perplexed as to why personnel in the civil and public services were not held to the same standards as politicians when it comes to engaging in corrupt behaviour.
When people in this country think of corrupt behaviour, they automatically think of politicians. This is the biggest problem we have in this country. Do we mean to imply that there is no corruption to be found in the media?
Are we arguing that, with the exception of the politicians that you are familiar with, there is no corruption in the civil service, the public service, or the judiciary? The Chief Scribe of the NPP inquired.
Justin Koduah stated that the NDC was unwilling to make strenuous steps in order to guarantee that the level of corruption in the government was kept to an absolute minimum while they were in office.
The General Secretary of the NPP talked about the Public Procurement Act, the Whistle Blower’s Act, and the Office of the Special Prosecutor. All of these were passed into law by the administrations of former President John Agyekum Kufuor and the current administration of President Akufo-Addo.
“Let’s ask ourselves, between the two parties [NPP and NDC], which of them has shown by action the desire to tackle corruption.
At the time when former President J. A. Kufuor was in office, the Public Procurement Act was passed with the goal of improving the efficiency with which the government purchases products and services.
During this time, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was in control of the government from 1992 until 2000; what steps did they take to combat corruption?
Justin Koduah went on to say that the administration of former President Kufuor was also responsible for the introduction of the Whistleblower’s Act. The government of President Akufo-Addo established the position of Special Prosecutor early on in their tenure.
Even if it does have certain problems and such, at least it has the desire and the courage to say that these are problems that the country is facing.
According to Mr. Koduah, the only way for government officials to be found guilty of corruption is if a court with the appropriate jurisdiction rules that they are.
“Given all of those claims, you cannot make a statement that A or B is corrupt until a court of competent jurisdiction hears the matter, tries it, and comes to a determination.
This is the only time when you will be able to do so. Who among our party members is currently incarcerated, counting both the NPP and the NDC? the General Secretary of the NPP was challenged.