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Citizenry must participate in Constitutional review — Corruption Crusaders

BY: Biiya Mukusah Ali
Emmanuel Wilson Jnr  —  Chief Crusader, Crusaders Against Corruption
Emmanuel Wilson Jnr — Chief Crusader, Crusaders Against Corruption

An anti-corruption group, Crusaders Against Corruption has called on the citizenry to take active role in any constitutional review.

The participation of citizens, the group said, would move the constitution from a political document to a Development Constitution.

The Chief Crusader of the group, Emmanuel Wilson Jnr who made the call, explained that politicians did not want an amendment to the constitution because of the power they enjoyed when in government.

“Till we decide that as a nation we will put pressure on them (politicians) to let us have an amendment of the constitution, the fight against corruption will be a mirage,” he said

Mr Wilson Jnr questioned why both former President John Dramani Mahama, and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo failed to make any effort to see to the implementation of the Constitution Review Commission’s Report after the demise of the late President Professor John Evans Atta Mills.

Corruption fight

He said this when he delivered a lecture on the topic: “Is the fight against corruption a reality or mirage?

It was part of the Ghana News Agency-Tema Industrial News Hub Boardroom Dialogue platform series.

Mr Wilson Jnr stated that the 1992 Constitution of Ghana was a bane to the fight against corruption.

According to him, the constitution had disarmed state institutions mandated to fight the corruption as “it gives state institutions powers to fight against corruption with the left hand and use the right hand to take away those powers.”

“The problem Ghana has with the fight against corruption is that we have failed to relook at the 1992 Constitution which is the biggest hindrance to the fight against corruption,” he stated.

Mr Wilson Jnr said too much power was given to the executive through the President who was expected to appoint every head of state-owned institutions, including the institutions mandated to fight corruption.

“If a President or government has all the authority to appoint and ‘disappoint’ then it was expected that the appointee, especially those to institutions mandated to fight against corruption are covertly disarmed,” he said.

He described the 1992 Constitution as a ‘Political Constitution’, explaining that “it seeks to protect the politicians, that’s why we have an indemnity clause in it, and it gives unreasonable power to the President, with this, every institution that is built from it, have the aim to protect the politician”.

The Tema Regional Manager of the Ghana News Agency, Mr Francis Ameyibor, said corruption affected everyone, explaining that in one way or the other, a person could either be a giver, a taker, or a corruption victim. – GNA