The Convention People’s Party (CPP) has urged the government to accelerate measures to curb what its describes as alarming rate of corruption in State institutions, including the office of the President, ABC News can report.
According to the Party, the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index report by Transparency International, which scored Ghana as the 78th least corrupt country out of 180 others, is an indication that the New Patriotic Party and the National Democratic Congress have failed in dealing with the matter.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Chairman of the Communications Team of the Party, Abdul Malik Jeleel.
The statement noted that the NPP and NDC lacked the governance capacity to fight corruption because of the continuous politicization of the canker, which, according to the CPP, makes it difficult to prosecute high public officials.
In the view of the CPP, the Office of the Special Prosecutor, which relates to the prosecution of both public and private individuals who engage in corrupt practices shares in the mandate of the Economic and Organized Crime Office, which exists as a specialized agency to monitor and investigate economic and organized crime.
In that regard, the Party called on the government to strengthen EOCO by providing the institution with adequate resources to to enable it to effectively deliver on its mandate. It further called for the elevation of EOCO to be able to prosecute corrupt officials “rather than duplicating institutions.”
The CPP however, commended EOCO for recovering monies paid to businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome.
The party further appealed to Civil Society Organizations, the media and religious leaders to lead the advocacy and play a watchdog role in ensuring the independence of EOCO.