We won't run from accountability – Mahama unfazed by prosecution threats

Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com
Date: 31st-december-2017 Time:  4:15:09 pm

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Former president John Mahama says the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will not be cowered by threats of prosecuting alleged corrupt past government officials.

He told hundreds of supporters at the 36th-Anniversary celebration of the 31st December Revolution in the Volta Regional town of Ho Sunday, NDC members who will fall foul of the law will have their day in court.

But he wants the party members to stop pronouncing “our colleagues” guilty just because the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said they are. 

"It is our duty to solidarize with them to make sure they have the best legal representation to be able to put their case in order...[but] it is my wish that things will turn out well for them,” the ex-president said.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has repeated his commitment to try all past government officials found to have engaged in questionable transactions during their tenure.

Touring parts of the Eastern Region last two weeks, he told Ghanaians not to see the "trial of people for various corrupt acts" as a political act.

“It is a criminal trial. We’re not using it for political purses. We’re doing it to enforce the criminal laws of our country,” he said.

Already, the immediate past Director-General of the National Communications Authority (NCA), William Tevie and four others are standing trial for allegedly causing financial loss to the state.

The five reportedly withdrew $4million from the Authority's account to pay an Israeli company for a counter-terrorism device but ended up paying $1million and shared the rest.

There are other pending matters such as the financial mismanagement at the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) and the then Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Authority (GYEEDA).

Although Mr Mahama has said the NDC is ready for the trial of its members, he has asked for fairness in the prosecution of persons found to have engaged in corrupt practices. 

He noted the easiest part in the fight against corruption is to prosecute one’s opponent. This “doesn’t take courage,” he said. 

But the "true test in the fight against corruption is holding your own people accountable when they go wrong…We must not pursue post regime accountability, we must pursue accountability while your regime exists," he said.

He challenged president Akufo-Addo to let the sword of justice "cut both ways" in his attempt to dredge the country of corruption.

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