We can't trust government to deal with corruption - PPP

BY: Samuel K. Obour

The Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) Thursday held a demonstration in Accra dubbed "Ayefe Notse", decrying what it said was the massive corruption that had enveloped the country.

Draped in red arm bands and chanting war songs, the “anti-corruption” demonstrators converged on the Obra Spot at Kwame Nkrumah Circle at 7am, from where they marched through some principal streets of Accra.

Accusing the Mahama administration of corruption, the demonstrators pointed at the GYEEDA report, which they said had yet to be acted upon in terms of prosecuting those indicted of misappropriating government funds.

They also decried what they described as “dubious judgement debts”, which they said had been occasioned by the irresponsibility and lack of accountability on the part of public officials in the country.

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Communications Director of the PPP, Mr William Doworkpor who addressed the demonstrators, called on government to separate the Office of Attorney-General from the Ministry of Justice in order to negate the influence of partisan politics.

Mr Doworkpor also called for the separation of the Legislature from the Executive in order to facilitate effective checks and balances, while the nation must move beyond talk and institutionalise the election of District and Municipal chief executives. Visit our photo galleries for pictures of the demonstration.

He further urged the government to set up a non-partisan National Commission to examine all judgment debt claims and settlements in the Fourth Republic with the aim to prepare recommendations to drastically reduce the incidence of negotiated settlements and judgment debts.

Among the demonstrators were several leaders of the DPP, including its running mate for the 2012 presidential race, Ms Eva Lokko, and former MP for Asikuma Odobeng Brakwa, PC Appiah-Ofori.

They carried placards some of which read: Corruption Your No Counts; Incorruptible Leadership, our goal; Create, Loot & Share No More; Abuse of Power too much; Chop Chop go kill Ghana and Declare Your assets.