Two appointees under investigations over corruption – Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo in London

Ghanaian leader Akufo-Addo has revealed that two of his appointees are currently under investigation for corruption-related cases.

The President, however, could not disclose the names of the appointees and the institutions investigating them.

But addressing members of the diplomatic corps at the Peduase Lodge in Accra Tuesday night, Nana Akufo-Addo said actions will be taking against the appointees if they are found guilty.

Allegations of corruption against his appointees, the President noted, will be thoroughly investigated and dealt with.

“Every single alleged act of corruption levelled against any of my appointees is being or has been investigated by independent bodies such as CHRAJ, CID and in some cases by Parliament. Indeed two appointees of the executive are still facing investigations. It is refreshing to know that none of these agencies has ever indicated any pressure from the executive over their investigation,” he said.

The Akufo-Addo-led administration has been widely criticised by a section of the public, including the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of clearing government appointees involved in corruption scandals instead of having them sanctioned.

But the President has, on several occasions, said most allegations of corruption under his government are thoroughly investigated by appropriate institutions for further actions.

“It is not my job to clear or convict any person accused of wrongdoing or engaging acts of corruption;
My job is to act on allegations of corruption by referring the issue or issues to the proper investigative agencies for action”, the President stated while addressing members of the Ghana Bar Association in 2019.

He stressed that persons who make corruption allegations must accompany such claims with evidence.

Speaking on the subject at the meeting with the diplomats, President Akufo-Addo urged members of the diplomatic corps to report any of his appointees who engage in acts of corruption and provide evidence to enable his government take strong action on it.

“Should you, members of the diplomatic corps be notified of any evidence of corruption against any of my appointees, I insist that they [should] be shared with my office to enable action to be taken on the matter,” the President said.

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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