Amissah-Arthur defends work of Anas

BY: Charles Andoh

Even before the full release of the much-anticipated Anas exposé, Number 12, former Vice-President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, has jumped to the defence of the work of the ace investigative journalist.

According to him, showing the video would reveal the dubious and corrupt practices that some public officials engaged in.

That, he said, in itself, was a form of naming and shaming which would go a long way to deal with corruption in the country.

The former Vice-President was speaking in an interview after the launch of a new book, Practical Holy Living, in Accra last Sunday.

The book, authored by a columnist for The Mirror, Apostle Jude Hama, teaches Christians how to build their spiritual capacity to please God.

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“A lot of people are going to be a little more worried because they’ll see their dubious acts they engaged in being released to the public. And that in itself is a way of correcting the wrongs, and it’s commendable,” he stated.

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Only last week, the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, reported the conduct of the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, to the police after the President watched portions of the exposé.

A Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr Samuel Abu Jinapor, explained that the President’s complaint to the police stemmed from video recordings of Mr Nyantakyi in the latest undercover work of Anas which seeks to expose graft in Ghana football.

“The President of the Republic has had the privilege of viewing aspects of this investigative piece and in this documentary, the President of the Ghana Football Association, Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, is supposedly seen attempting to use the President’s name and that of the Vice- President and other senior officials of government to induce supposed potential investors into our country to part with various sums of money,” Mr Jinapor stated.

Dealing with corruption

Mr Amissah-Arthur indicated that part of the problem had to do with the fact that some people always wanted the easy way out of life—by cutting corners to make it in life, and that was not sustainable “because it will eventually lead to your disgrace when you are caught”.

He emphasised that it was fundamental and needed to be cured, and that was a way of dealing with corruption in itself.

“With a lot of people, it is the immediacy of the results that they are looking for, and that is not helpful,” he said.

Speaking briefly about the book, Mr Amissah-Arthur indicated that: “There are practical issues that affect Christians in the way they conduct themselves in business, governance and civil society organisations (CSOs) generally.”

But he was quick to add that there was the need for state agencies such as the courts and police to play a critical role in the fight.

Political career

When asked if he would contest the flagbearership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), he said he would announce his intention at the appropriate time.