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I will ensure acts of corruption are punished – President

By Ken
Sackey, GNA
 

Accra, July 18, GNA – President Nana Addo
Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday said he had no intention of witch-hunting his
political rivals, but that he would ensure that acts of corruption and
malfeasance are punished under the ambit of the law.

He said it was important that the fight
against corruption was seen to be a fight against crime and not “a struggle or
fight about political opponents”.

President Akufo-Addo said this during his
maiden encounter with the media at the Flagstaff House in Accra.

The event enabled the President to render to
Ghanaians an account of his stewardship for the past six months and to harness
support for the initiatives he has espoused to change the socio-economic
fortunes of Ghana.

He addressed issues ranging from the economy,
security, rule of law, good governance, corruption, illegal mining, education,
agriculture and infrastructural development.

President Akufo-Addo said he would not accept
that the process of bringing people before the law courts for acts of
corruption was for political purposes, saying; “They are done because you have
evidence that people have breached the law.”

He said his government had received “all kinds
of allegations” that had turned out to be false after investigations adding
that he would not, under any circumstance, bend to the whims and caprices of
people who were calling for the heads of persons in the previous administration
without solid, documented and well researched facts.

“There are lot of allegations in the country
about people, many of them when you probe, turn out not to be the case. All
kinds of allegations have come to my government.

“I would not accept prosecutions being brought
just to satisfy the appetitive of people that people should be prosecuted…there
should be strong evidence of wrong doing that the law courts can prosecute,” he
said.

President Akufo-Addo said, however, that his
administration was instituting investigations into some serious allegations and
that, in time, when wrong doing was found, those cases would be sent to the
courts for prosecution.

He said a lot of work was being done with many
of the cases identified adding that formal prosecution would begin soon.

“Prosecution will only take place if it is
clearly established that something wrong took place which requires the
intervention of the court,” he said, and that there were several glaring cases
of malfeasance which would soon be lined up for prosecution.

GNA

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