President Akufo-Addo has intimated that attempts by members of the opposition and critics of his government to describe him as ‘clearing agent’ are unsubstantiated and unfactual, ABC News Ghana can report.
The President assured that he is not into the business of dismissing allegations of corruption and misconduct brought against his appointees as he is committed to the fight against corruption.
He insisted his actions concerning corruption cases are based on recommendations given by independent investigative institutions.
The presidency has come under huge criticisms, especially, from members of the opposition NDC who claim corrupt officials of this government go unpunished suggesting the President is fond of shielding and clearing them of corruption allegations.
However, speaking at the 2019 National Conference of the Ghana Bar Association in Takoradi, the President detailed that all cases of corruption allegations leveled against any of his appointees have been deeply scrutinized by various independent bodies of the state.
“It is not my job to clear or convict any person accused of wrongdoing, or of engaging in acts of corruption. My job is to act on allegations of corruption by referring to the issue or issues to the proper investigative agencies for the relevant inquiry and necessary action. That is exactly what has been done since I assumed the mantle of leadership on 7th January 2017. If an appointee is cleared of any wrongdoing, the evidence adduced and recommendations made by these agencies, after the investigations are concluded, are what cleared the accused persons, not myself. None of these agencies has ever indicated any pressure from the Executive over their investigations”, the president explained.
Cases cited by members of the opposition to buttress their claim include the allegations involving the two deputy Chiefs of Staff, Asenso Boakye and Abu Jinapor, using their offices to obscure legal processes at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Australian Visa fraud scandal involving the then deputy Youth and Sports Minister, Pius Enam Hadzide, the cash for seat scandal involving the Trade Ministry, and GHS2.25 billion bond scandal involving the Finance Minister.
But the President noted that the assertion is far from the truth as “so far, every single alleged act of corruption leveled against any of my appointees is being or has been investigated by independent bodies, such as CHRAJ, the CID, and, in some cases, by Parliament itself.”