Resign like Gen. Ankrah did, Ghanaians will forgive you – Kpebu to Akufo-Addo
Martin Kpebu, an attorney, has urged President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to step down because of his failure to fight corruption.
On the July 23 episode of Joy News’ Newsfile show, he claimed that after six years in office, none of the pledges the then opposition leader made about combating corruption and making it unattractive had come to pass.
“Akufo-Addo vowed to make corruption unappealing, but in this instance, he is not taking any action. We want to give someone else a chance because he has demonstrated his incapacity and [Vice President] Bawumia has also demonstrated his incapacity.
The greatest option, he continued, would be for the President to leave voluntarily.
According to Kpebu, Akufo-resignation Addo’s will not be a first in the history of Ghana because General Ankrah, the then-head of state, had resigned in 1969 over allegations of corruption.
He emphasized that the corruption that Akufo-Addo and his Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia have presided over up to this point will be pardoned if they choose to retire.
“If Akufo-Addo and Dr. Bawumia resign today, they would receive the loudest cheers and history will overlook all the wrongdoings they presided over. And Ghanaians would get a fresh chance to try someone else to combat corruption, he continued.
The attorney had previously labeled the President as a part of a criminal organization in his filings, which words did not sit well with Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, the minister of information.
“Akufo-Addo is a member of the Jubilee House crime syndicate. The president is undoubtedly involved. Without his participation, this corruption would not exist.
“Manasseh did this thing with Zoomlion, the spraying. What was the necessity for the spraying when schools were being closed during the Corona period and they would reopen in three months?
When you read Manasseh’s tale, the president receives it. They receive new stories on their desks. We must say with all our might that the president is a member of that criminal organization, and that we will not take this away from him or her. Instead, they should resign, Kpebu said.
Kpebu provided input for a recent study on corruption that was produced by two governmental agencies and a UN office in Accra.
About the Corruption in Ghana survey – GNA report
Over 17.4 million bribes were paid in the same period, according to the first national poll, “Corruption in Ghana – people’s experiences and perceptions.”
The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) worked together to conduct the study (UNODC).
It gathered factual data on the types of corruption affecting Ghana’s population from 15,000 households across the nation with adults ages 18 and older.
In order to inform appropriate policies to stop administrative corruption in the nation’s numerous public institutions, it is necessary to assess the prevalence of the issue and its prevalent typologies.
Aside from financial payments, which made up 84.8% of all forms of bribery, 13.3% of bribes were paid in exchange for food and beverages, 9.7% in exchange for other services, 5% in exchange for valuables, and 2.2% in trade for animals.
Bribes were paid by 33.6% of citizens to expedite the process, 15.8% as a token of appreciation, 13.8% to avoid paying a fee, 10.8% to avoid issues, and 3.1% to prevent the termination of public utilities.
Ghana drops on Corruption Perception ranking
Ghana placed 73rd out of 180 nations in the Corruption Perception Index, CPI, report released on April 4 according to the 2021 edition of Transparency International’s annual corruption rating chart.
The report stated that Ghana’s present performance “remains below 50 which is the predicted average, so leaves much to be desired.”
Ghana and Senegal tied for ninth position out of 49 countries in Africa, each earning a score of 43.